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Inmate tries to smuggle meth into Manatee County jail using laced stamps, deputies say

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Posted at 1:01 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 13:07:55-04

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — An inmate at the Manatee County jail is facing an additional charge after she tried to smuggle meth into the jail using laced stamps, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies say Kena Little, 52, wanted to get drugs into the jail using the mail system. They say Little communicated with Charles Ricker, 57, about sending them.

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Deputies started investigating on May 21 when they learned drugs were possibly coming into the jail through the mail the next day. When Little was sent three post cards detectives inspected them.

They found that the stamps lacked adhesive and could be easily peeled back. The post cards were sent off for testing and all three stamps came back positive for methamphetamine, deputies say.

Little was arrested in the female pod at the jail and charged with principal to attempt introduction of contraband.

Ricker was arrested when he showed up for a regularly scheduled visit with Little. He is charged with introduction of contraband.