Four Women Accused in Possession, Smuggling of Drugs into Pinellas Jail, Deputies Say
The investigation began in mid-April, according to Pinellas deputies.
LARGO – Four women have been charged in connection with cases of possession of illegal drugs and/or smuggling drugs into the jail, according to the PInellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Nina Gomez, 36, of Tampa, was charged with one count each of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Introduction/Possession of Contraband into a Detention Facility.
Danielle Tufano, 31, of Cape Coral, was charged with one count of Introduction/Possession of Contraband into a Detention Facility.
Stephanie Hansbury, 30, of Clearwater, was charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Kristi Sweeney, 49, of Odessa, was charged with one count each of Introduction/Possession of Contraband into a Detention Facility, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell, and Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
Deputies said their investigation began April 17 when a a letter addressed to Tufano was received at the jail. Upon examination of the letter, it was discovered to contain 10 strips of Suboxone. Detectives
said they identified Gomez as the sender of the Suboxone.
According to investigators, Tufano organized Gomez to send the Suboxone to the Pinellas County Jail, through the U.S. Postal Service.
Detectives said that, during the course of the original investigation, they were discovered that Sweeney, a jail inmate, possessed methamphetamine. A medical examination/search found 17 individual bags, containing 14 grams of methamphetamine, inside Sweeney’s vagina.
Detectives said they believe that Sweeney brought the contraband into the Pinellas County Jail when she was arrested May 8 and charged with False Verification of Ownership, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Crack Cocaine.
Detectives also discovered another inmate, Hansbury was in possession of methamphetamine. A search found she had one gram of methamphetamine hidden in her bra.
PHOTO SHOWS, FROM LEFT, DANIELLE TUFANO, KRISTI SWEENEY, STEPHANIE HANSBURY, AND NINA GOMEZ.
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