CLEARWATER, Florida -- A Trinity woman was arrested after deputies say she concealed the drug suboxone behind postage stamps on envelopes and mailed it to two inmates at the Pinellas County Jail.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, detention deputies became suspicious when 30-year-old inmate David Gavin began asking every deputy and jail employee he saw to help him get his mail before his transfer to the Jefferson County Jail.
Mail room clerks were asked to examine Gavin's mail more closely. That's when the sheriff's office says it discovered small square pieces of orange paper behind four pieces of stamped mail.
Investigators discovered additional pieces of mail addressed to Gavin, and to another inmate, 30-year-old Jermonte Rushing, with the same orange paper. A total of 11 envelopes were found.
The substance in the paper was tested and determined to be suboxone, or "heroin in a breath strip," according to the sheriff's office.
Gavin and Rushing allegedly made a deal to sell the drugs to other inmates at the jail. Each stamp reportedly sold for $20.
Investigators say Gavin's girlfriend, Kaitlyn Pergola, was the source of the suboxone. She allegedly used two fictitious return addresses that deputies were able to later connect to her.
Pergola was arrested and admitted to the crime. She's being charged with two counts of introduction/possession of contraband in a county detention facility and VOP doctor shopping.
Gavin and Rushing are both charged with introduction/possession of contraband in a county detention facility.