Six People Arrested For Allegedly Smuggling Drugs Into Jail
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested six people for allegedly smuggling drugs into the Two Bridges Jail.
The investigation started in January, involving agents from the Mid-Coast District Task Force and from the Wiscasset Correctional Facility. The investigation focused on 23-year-old Alexander Laurelez, who they say had enlisted the help of a 17-year-old, whose name has not been released, and 19-year-old Kyle Brady. The teen and Brady were allegedly sending him Suboxone and LSD through the mail while he was an inmate at the jail.
Police say Laurelez told the men to hide the drugs between pieces of paper, inside an envelope labeled "Legal Correspondence,' and addressed to fellow inmate, George Markos. The envelopes had a return address of a Maine law firm, to give the appearance that they contained legal papers. The idea was that they would avoid being opened by jail authorities. Officials say the law firm knew nothing of the scheme.
MDEA officials say the investigation also revealed that fellow inmate Devin Leonard, coordinated with Laurelez to have suboxone smuggled into him. Leonard had his girlfriend, Briana Ayers, mail Suboxone to the teenager involved, who then mailed the letters to the jail.
On February 27th, jail investigators intercepted an envelope to the jail addressed to Markos, that contained 17 Suboxone strips and 3 tabs of LSD. Suboxone is a prescription medication that contains the active ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. It's used to treat adults who are dependent on opioids.
Laurelez, Brady, and Leonard are all charged with Aggravated Furnishing of Schedule W Drugs and Trafficking in Prison Contraband. Markos, Ayers, and the female juvenile are all charged with Unlawful Furnishing of Schedule W Drugs and Trafficking in Prison Contraband.