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Inmate's mother accused of smuggling prescription drugs into Pinellas jail

LARGO — An inmate and her mother are accused of smuggling prescription pills at least twice into the Pinellas County jail.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the smuggling took place between July 22 and July 27. Detectives discovered that Mary Ann Albertson, 53, hid the pills in a public restroom at the jail, where an inmate worker later picked them up and delivered the contraband to Janelle Albertson, 27.

Albertson sold each pill for roughly $50, or traded them for commissary products, phone cards, and a pair of Nike shoes, the Sheriff's Office said.

The pills included morphine, cyclobenzaprine, Xanax, Soma and Dilaudid.

Deputies arrested Albertson's mother at her Clearwater home, 1809 Glenville Drive, on Thursday. Her daughter was booked into the jail in June for failing to appear in court on several drug charges. She is being held on more than $70,000 bail.

The women face charges of conspiring to bring contraband into a detention facility. Janelle faces an additional charge of morphine possession.

Mary Ann Albertson was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where she remained Friday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Inmate's mother accused of smuggling prescription drugs into Pinellas jail 08/01/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 1, 2014 5:19pm]

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