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THC wax comes to inmates via greeting cards

Two inmates at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Bayport are facing charges of aiding and abetting the possession of contraband in a state prison, a felony.

Erick Gerardo Muniz-Perez, 23, and Robert Perez, 36, are due in court in May.

According to the complaint:

On July 8, 2015, a K-9 alerted to presence of narcotics in suspicious mail sent to an inmate. The mail contained a homemade pop-up greeting card with a Fourth of July theme, and inside the card was a hidden compartment containing four plastic strips with greenish-brown substance.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) found the substance to be Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) wax, a schedule I controlled substance.

On July 28, mail to Muniz-Perez contained THC wax in a card. On July 31 and Aug 3, mail to two other inmates contained THC wax, both in homemade pop-up greeting cards.

By monitoring phone calls, the Minnesota Department of Corrections learned that a significant other was working with inmates to smuggle controlled substances into the prison. The inmate would ask for “some pictures of his homegirl,” and the number of “pictures” correlated with the ounces of controlled substance purchased from the supplier. The woman would also deposit $50 to $100 increments into inmates’ commissary accounts.