Marijuana, phones found in coffee bags in package sent to state prison

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Staff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center discovered a package with coffee grounds to have phones, and marijuana packed inside, said the Department of Corrections.

The package was mailed using a fictitious vendor name and shipped from an outside location, said Jayme Gravell of the Department of Corrections.

The contraband inside the 4-pound bags of coffee included more than seven ounces of marijuana and three cell phones.

The illicit items have a prison value between $9,000-to $12,000, Gravell said.

The Central Supply Warehouse staff discovered the drugs and phones, said Warden Dana Metzger. Without the search, the coffee bags with smuggled goods would have gone unchecked to the main kitchen she said.

“(There) it would have been intercepted by inmate kitchen workers and distributed throughout the facility,” Metzger said.

A prison guard was sentenced to 30 months in January for smuggling drugs and cell phones to the Smyrna prison.

By: Josephine Peterson, Deleware Online

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