Women caught smuggling drugs into prison

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:42 PM.

In an incident that exposed the gritty underbelly of life in a state penitentiary, two women, one middle-aged and the other well into her golden years, were arrested earlier this month for trying to smuggle in drugs and tobacco.

An investigation by Florida Department of Correction Senior Inspector J. Newton Livingston, with the inspector general’s contraband interdiction unit, led to the Jan. 11 arrest, in separate incidents, of Pamela A. Biggs, 50, New Smyrna Beach, and Sharon K. Kinser, 73, Nashville, Ga.

Both women were intercepted before they could hand over any contraband to the inmate they were to visit. Authorities reported in their probable cause affidavits that they had advance knowledge of the schemes after listening to “lawfully reported phone calls” of inmates at Franklin Correctional Institution.

Kinser is alleged to have tried to smuggle in a plastic bag containing more than 105 grams of tobacco, and 15 Lortab pills, which contain the narcotic hydrocodone.

Because the pills, which weighed nearly 11 grams, were in excess of the four-gram threshold for drug trafficking, Kinser was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, as well as sale or possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and introduction of contraband into a state prison.

Biggs, who authorities said tried to smuggle in more than 29 grams of “synthetic cannabinoids wrapped with plastic and black tape,” was charged only with introduction of contraband into a state prison.

Livingston wrote that telephone conversations between Biggs and FCI inmate Edwin Plummer, 49, led the inspector to believe she “was going to introduce contraband at Plummer’s request on Jan. 11.”

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