Wesley woman sentenced to 30 days for smuggling drugs into Maine State Prison

Posted July 24, 2013, at 6:54 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 42-year-old Wesley woman was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail for smuggling drugs to a Maine State Prison inmate.

Eleanor Mears was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm to 12 months in jail with all but 30 days suspended for trafficking in prison contraband. She also will be on probation for a year after she gets out.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said corrections officers received information that Mears was going to attempt to bring drugs into the prison. They observed her pass something to a prisoner while she was kissing him during a February visit at the Maine State Prison.

The prisoner was searched and 12 strips of Suboxone were found. Mears was questioned, and she confessed to the offense. She had no criminal history, the prosecutor said.

A jail term was needed in the case, Hjelm said because smuggling drugs into the prison, increases the risk of violence within the prison. He said drugs such as Suboxone are sought after by prisoners and adds to the risk.

The inmate was also charged, and his case is pending.

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