Four Women Charged with Smuggling Contraband and Possession Of Controlled Substances At The Pinellas County Jail

In the USA, Detectives assigned to the Detention Investigations Unit have charged four women involved in introducing contraband and possession of controlled substances at the Pinellas County Jail.  

On April 17, 2020, a letter was received at the Pinellas County Jail, which was addressed to 31-year-old inmate Danielle Tufano. Upon examination of the letter, it was discovered to contain ten strips of Suboxone.

Through interviews with inmates and other investigative techniques, detectives identified 36-year-old Nina Gomez as the sender of the Suboxone.

According to investigators, Tufano organized Gomez to send the Suboxone to the Pinellas County Jail, through the United States Postal Service.

On May 20, 2020, detectives arrested Gomez and charged Tufano.

During the course of the original investigation, they were also provided information regarding 49-year-old inmate Kristi Sweeney being in possession of methamphetamine. A medical examination/search was conducted on May 12, 2020, of Sweeney. The search revealed 17 individual bags, containing 14 grams of methamphetamine, inside Sweeney’s vagina.

Detectives also received information that 30-year-old inmate Stephanie Hansbury was in possession of methamphetamine. A search was conducted of Hansbury, and one gram of methamphetamine was discovered hidden in her bra.

The investigation continues.