Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Inmate Serving Time on Gun Charges Gets 10 More Years for Smuggling Meth into Illinois Prison

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Inmate Serving Time on Gun Charges Gets 10 More Years for Smuggling Meth into Illinois Prison

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EAST ST. LOUIS * An inmate who was running a smuggling operation bringing high-purity methamphetamine into a federal prison in Illinois was sentenced Friday to 10 more years behind bars after a co-defendant was caught mailing meth in a newspaper, prosecutors said.

In April 2014, James L. Gary asked Candace J. Weakley to send meth to him inside the federal prison in Greenville, Ill., according to his plea agreement. Weakley hid packets containing 6.5 grams of 97 percent pure meth in a newspaper and mailed the paper to the prison, court records show, but it was intercepted by prison staff.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Gary orchestrated the smuggling into the prison and the distribution of the drug once it was inside, U.S. Attorney Don Boyce said.

The pair were indicted in January 2016. …

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