Woman admits to using Christmas card to send drugs to prisoner

Posted June 06, 2014, at 10:57 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Bridgton woman will serve at least nine months behind bars after admitting Friday she sent suboxone inside a Christmas card to a Maine State Prison inmate.

Jennifer Grenier, 28, pleaded guilty in Knox County Superior Court to trafficking in prison contraband.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm agreed to delay formal sentencing until the U.S. Attorney’s Office decides whether to seek the revocation of her federal supervised release on a prior conviction. Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said the agreement with the defense calls for two years in jail with all but nine months suspended and two years of probation.

Grenier’s name came up during an investigation into possible smuggling of drugs to an inmate at the prison. Prison officials monitored calls between a prisoner and Grenier, then intercepted a card he was mailing to her with instructions for how to hide the suboxone in it when she mailed it back.

The card was then mailed and returned with the suboxone strips in it. Prison staff seized the card in January. Grenier was not arrested until April, and she remains held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland.

Grenier was convicted in 2012 in U.S. District Court in Portland of making a false statement when purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer in 2007. She purchased the gun for her boyfriend, who was barred from purchasing one, according to court records. She was sentenced in 2012 to three months in prison and three years of supervised release.

 

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