Pinellas County Jail inmates accused of smuggling drugs under postage stamps

Inmates sold drugs to other inmates, say deputies

LARGO, Fla. (AP) - Three people -- including two inmates -- are accused of smuggling drugs hidden behind postage stamps into the Pinellas County Jail.

Authorities became suspicious on Aug. 1 when 30-year-old David Michael Gavin was being prepared for transfer to the Jefferson County Jail on probation violation charges.

Gavin asked every jail employee he passed to help him retrieve his mail, according to a report in the The Tampa Bay Times.

Investigators found orange squares containing Suboxone behind the stamps on the letters that had been sent to Gavin and cellmate 31-year-old Jermonte Russell Rushing.

Deputies say the letters were linked to 29-year-old Kaitlyn Pergola. She was arrested Monday and is being held without bail in jail.

Officials say the inmates sold the stamps to other inmates for $20 each. That was good for five doses.

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