Authorities stop prison drug smuggling attempt under stamps - WNEM TV 5

Authorities stop prison drug smuggling attempt under stamps

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Authorities say they stopped an attempt to smuggle a prescription drug into a state prison in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula that was hidden behind postage stamps.

State police say 42-year-old Jamie Nichole Rise of Lake City faces four felony charges, including conspiring to send controlled substances. The District Court in Traverse City says she's requested a court-appointed lawyer and her next hearing is Nov. 10.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports she tried to smuggle suboxone, a drug that blocks cravings for heroin and painkillers, into Pugsley Correctional Facility in Grand Traverse County using three pieces of mail. They say her 25-year-old son Robert Leroy Eling III was an inmate.

Eling faces a charge of conspiring to deliver controlled substances. Records say he's now held at a different Michigan prison.

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