Never doubt a Floridian's ingenuity for breaking the law.
David Michael Gavin, 30, ran a successful drug ring inside of the Pinellas County Jail, and managed to sneak the drugs in using a pretty ingenious scheme. Suboxone is a heroine-like opioid usually used to treat addiction. The substance can be made into tiny breath strip-like sheets. Gavin had his girlfriend send the strips through the mail into the prison by hiding them behind postage stamps.
According to a press release, Gavin was about to be transferred from the Tampa-area jail to Jefferson County Jail in the Panhandle. He begin asking every deputy and employee he saw for his mail, and obviously raised suspicion.
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Staff started monitoring his mail and found thin orange sheets hidden under the stamps. The substance tested positive for Suboxone. Similar mail was being sent to his cellmate, 30-year-old Jermonte Rushing.
An investigation found that the two were cutting up the sheets into five doses each and selling them for $20-a-pop.
Gavin's girlfriend, Kaitlyn Pergola, 29, is alleged to have sent the mail to both. All three are now charged with introduction/possession of contraband in a county detention facility. Pergola also faces charges of doctor shopping.