A Pierce County Jail inmate received at least two letters soaked with methamphetamine, authorities say.
Now, Rickey Yandell, 49, is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded not guilty Friday, and bail was set at $50,000.
Yandell remains in the jail, where he was booked Nov. 18 after being charged with residential burglary and second-degree possession of stolen property.
A corrections deputy and her K-9 partner, Rocket, were asked to investigate one of Yandell’s letters that “appeared to be suspicious because of its physical appearance,” according to charging papers.
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Officials placed 10 pieces of mail on the floor. The dog drew attention to a letter addressed to Yandell.
The corrections officer went to Yandell’s cell, and the dog drew attention to a second letter. About one-third of the page had been torn off, records show.
Both letters tested positive for meth.
“This is a new take on an old problem — smuggling drugs into jail,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
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