By the looks of it, Jessica Lynn Mukavetz had it all together in the photo on the left. But it appears the 33-year-old Mukavetz was leading a double life, as her mug shot on the right can attest. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Mukavetz was arrested Friday for smuggling a tattoo needle and liquor into jail for her lover - murder suspect Rene Durgin, a member of the Mexican mafia who is nicknamed "Lokon." (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections)
Investigators say Mukavetz put up $5,000 to bond out Durgin's associate, Bobby Hoover, who was arrested after allegedly shot and killed the owner of an apartment complex. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
By the looks of it, Jessica Lynn Mukavetz had it all together.
She had a long-time job with Maricopa County's Office of the Legal Defender. She had pictures taken at a charity event, a football game and her wedding three years ago that show a smiling, beautiful blonde.
But it appears the 33-year-old Mukavetz was leading a double life.
She is almost unrecognizable now in a mug shot showing her with long dark hair, taken while she faces some very dark accusations.
She was arrested Friday for smuggling a tattoo needle and liquor into jail for her lover - murder suspect Rene Durgin, a member of the Mexican mafia who is nicknamed "Lokon."
A six-month-long investigation revealed Mukavetz abused her role as a mitigation specialist to meet with Durgin, reportedly helping him run the drug cartel behind bars and eventually their relationship turned romantic.
Over 2 1/2 years, those privileged visits eventually averaged about eight times a month.
They were unsupervised, and the investigation by the Phoenix Police Department's Gang Enforcement Unit and Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Unit shows even though Mukavetz was already married, the pair called themselves husband and wife on Facebook, where Mukavetz went by the Mexican name Nenetl Durgin, which means "doll."
A number of recorded phone calls, often three-way conversations, revealed Durgin used the pin number of other inmates and plotted extortion, talked about a snitch being "taken care of," moving money to various accounts and giving the "green light" to "shut some mouths."
Other calls between Durgin and Mukavetz referenced their sexual relationship. There was talk of sex toys and even "having a baby."
But Mukavetz's role with the Mexican Mafia didn't stop with Durgin.
Investigators say she put up $5,000 to bond out his associate, Bobby Hoover, who goes by the nickname "Shaggy."
Last month, police said Hoover ditched his electronic monitoring device, which texts show Mukavetz knew about, and one week later, he allegedly shot and killed the owner of an apartment complex on Dunlap, landing him back behind bars.
Mukavetz is facing several charges, including organizing or managing a street gang and promoting prison contraband.
Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
County mitigator falls for Mexican Mafia inmate, leads double lifeMore>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:22 AM EDT2013-05-23 09:22:33 GMT
A two-car crash between Bridgeport and Frankenmuth has resulted in the closure of Junction Road. The crash happened around 1 p.m. on Wednesday on Junction, between Reimer and Dixie Highway. BridgeportMore >
A two-car crash between Bridgeport and Frankenmuth resulted in the deaths of two people on Junction Road Wednesday afternoon.More >
Police say a 1-year-old boy has died after being found unresponsive in a water-filled bathtub in Flint. The Flint Journal reports police are treating the child's death Monday night as suspicious. TheMore >
Police say a 1-year-old boy has died after being found unresponsive in a water-filled bathtub in Flint and now his parents have been charged in connection to his death.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-05-23 04:09:41 GMT
An update now to a story TV5 first broke last week. State police have identified a second person who died in a Friday crash. 16-year old Brandon Anderson of Byron died this afternoon. A 16-year oldMore >
State police have identified a second person who died in a Friday crash.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:21:07 GMT
Police in Saginaw responded to the scene of a shooting overnight on the city's west side. The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. Wednesday off of North Woodbridge Street, between Hayes and Throop Streets.More >
Police in Saginaw responded to the scene of a shooting overnight on the city's west side and the victim has been identified.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:01 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:01:34 GMT
WNEM TV5 has learned the Michigan State Police bomb squad has been called to a pawn shop in Bay City. The Bay County Sheriff's department said someone was hoping to pawn the hand grenade but when staffMore >
WNEM TV5 has learned the Michigan State Police bomb squad has been called to a pawn shop in Bay City to check out a hand grenade.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:07 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:07:29 GMT
"I know I'm very fortunate to be alive, really. I just, I guess if I can help somebody then I will," said Mills."I can show them that there's life after amputation like people have shown me and repay theMore >
Staff Sgt. Travis Mills is back in Michigan for a visit -- on Thursday he will be the keynote speaker at a memorial service in Lansing.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 8:53 AM EDT2013-05-20 12:53:10 GMT
Michigan State Police are on the scene of a deadly accident. It happened just before five Friday evening at 10139 S. Sheridan in Genesee County's Gaines Township. MSP believes speed was a factor in theMore >
One teenager is dead and two others are in critical condition following a car crash Friday afternoon. It happened on the border of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties on County Line Rd, just south of Demond Rd around 4:30pm.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:58:05 GMT
New documents show why the state shut down a local day care.The Department of Human Services says the facility on Lauria Road in Bay County violated four rules.They include caregiver and child care homeMore >
New documents show why the state shut down a local daycare. The Department of Human Services says the facility on Lauria Road in Bay County violated four rules.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >