Charges: 2 Mat-Su women smuggled drugs to inmate boyfriends
Law enforcement authorities say a pair of women are charged with trying to provide controlled substances to male inmates at two state facilities in the Mat-Su, during separate cases a month apart.
Wasilla resident Olivia Daniella Blake, 27, and Mat-Su Pretrial Facility inmate Joshua Jacob Reed, 30, are federally charged in U.S. District Court with distributing a controlled substance, according to U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder’s office. They also face charges of attempting to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it and two counts of attempting to provide contraband in prison.
A federal indictment of Blake and Reed accuses Blake of trying to smuggle three drugs into Mat-Su Pretrial on or about Feb. 28: meth, heroin and Buprenorphine, a component in the addiction-treatment drug Suboxone. It didn’t say how Blake attempted to provide the substances to Reed.
“Blake did so at Reed’s direction on the morning that Reed was set for trial in an unrelated state criminal case,” federal officials wrote.
Chloe Martin, a spokeswoman for Schroder, said Friday that Reed and Blake were “boyfriend and girlfriend,” but that details on the smuggling were still under investigation.
According to Alaska State Troopers, the second case was discovered at about 9 p.m. Thursday, during a traffic stop at Mile 4 of Knik-Goose Bay Road on a 2005 Jeep Cherokee reportedly “involved in suspicious activity at Goose Creek Correctional Facility.”
“Investigation revealed Nichole Linn, age 36 of Wasilla, attempted to pass on controlled substances to inmate Justin Schmidt, age 38 of Wasilla,” troopers wrote. “Linn was arrested for two counts of promoting contraband in the first degree and Schmidt is being charged with the same crimes.”
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email Friday that Linn and Schmidt “either are or were in a relationship.” Linn allegedly tried to give Schmidt 10 strips of Suboxone, as well as nearly a gram of crystal meth in a “small blue balloon.”
“Linn had the balloon in her right hand and handed it off to him while giving him a hug,” Peters wrote. “Corrections officers immediately saw the transaction and Schmidt threw the balloon on the table. Linn left but corrections officers called [Mat-Su dispatchers] with her vehicle description.”
The FBI handled the Mat-Su Pretrial case with assistance from the state Department of Corrections, while troopers handled the Goose Creek case.
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