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Pasco wife joins husband in jail, accused of hiding drugs under stamps on postcards

LAND O'LAKES — Postcards sent with love from a wife to her incarcerated husband had a little something extra — drugs, crushed to a powder and hidden underneath the stamps, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Virginia L. Jacobs, 53, sent her husband, Robert M. Jacobs, 49, seven postcards with oxycodone and one with morphine in February, the Sheriff's Office said.

Robert Jacobs has been in the Pasco County jail since November on a charge of failing to appear in court on drug and paraphernalia charges. A clerk in the jail's mail room noticed a bumpy-looking stamp, reported it to a deputy who peeled the stamp back to reveal a blue powder that later tested positive for oxycodone, the report said.

The Sheriff's Office changed its mail policy last year, forbidding letters in envelopes to inmates and only allowing correspondence on postcards to reduce contraband.

Virginia Jacobs wrote on the postcards about how much she missed and loved her husband. On one, she said she was going to cook meatloaf for dinner that night. She talked of needing firewood but not being able to split it herself.

"I just can't do anything without you," she wrote. "I sure do love and miss you a whole bunch."

Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said the case is still under investigation to see if Robert Jacobs —who spent more than four years in prison for DUI — received any drug-laced cards before the eight in February were intercepted. If he did, he could face charges, too.

Virginia Jacobs, of 5929 Ashen Ave. in Sunshine Park in New Port Richey, was arrested Wednesday. She is charged with eight counts of introduction of contraband into a detention facility and failing to appear in court for driving with a suspended or revoked license. She remained in custody Thursday in lieu of $21,013 bail.

She told authorities she sent the drugs because her husband asked her to do it.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6229.

Pasco wife joins husband in jail, accused of hiding drugs under stamps on postcards 03/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 11, 2010 8:53pm]
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