Creative Dracut Woman Charged With Smuggling Drugs Into Jail
Jul 03, 2017 08:26PM
By Bill Gilman
Law enforcement officials need to be constantly aware of new and creative ways prisoners and their accomplices try to smuggle narcotics and other contraband into prisons.
Last week, a Dracut woman was arraigned on charges that she attempted to smuggle letters soaked in liquified synthetic marijuana to a prisoner inside the Middlesex County Jail.
According to an article published by the Lowell Sun, Jessica Provencher, 30, of 33 Goodhue Ave., was charged with smuggling drugs to a prisoner and conspiracy to violate state drug laws. She was arraigned Thursday in Lowell District Court and released on personal recognizance.
Court documents indicate prison officials became aware of the smuggling plan by listening to phone conversations between Provencher and prisoner Nicholas Durfee in March and April. Durfee allegedly gave her specific instructions on what to get and what to do.
The plan was for Provencher to write Durfee letters soaked in the synthetic marijuana and then mail the letters to him in jail.
According to the Lowell Sun article, jail officials obtained authorization to intercept letters to Durfee and on April 18, a letter from Provencher was flagged, and tested positive for synthetic marijuana. A second letter was also flagged on April 27 and also tested positive.
According to information in court records, authorities believe Durfee may have been selling pages from the letters to other prisoners.
According to a Corrections Department official, soaking paper in liquified drugs such as cocaine or heroin has become a popular technique for trying to smuggle drugs into prison, forcing tighter restrictions on letters written to prisoners, The official requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on the matter.