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Mid-Michigan woman jail drug smuggling thwarted by mail room staff

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan woman has been sentenced for trying to smuggle drugs to her husband in jail.

The drugs were stuck underneath a postage stamp, which is just one of the many ways people try to smuggle drugs into jails and prisons.

But the drugs Christina Stout was sending to her husband, never made it behind bars. Instead they were intercepted in the mail room, which Sheriff William Federspiel credits staff for their diligent work.

"That's a monotony type of a job. Very monotonous,” Federspiel said. “But what it tells me is they took their job seriously no matter their responsibilities were that day."

Federspiel said inmates at the facility are always trying to find new ways to get contraband on the inside.

"When people get arrested on the street, if they have drugs in their possession, before they're taken into custody they may attempt to swallow the drug and then reclaim it later in the jail without being too graphic," Federspiel said.

He said it's important to keep his staff trained. As they combat new ways people try to get drugs behind these four walls.

"I'm looking at it from a lot of different ways,” Federspiel said. “One the protection of my officers over there. Two the protection of the taxpayers and the liability. Third the protection of the inmate themselves."

Stout got 36 months probation for her failed smuggling attempt.

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