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Boise woman charged with mailing meth-laced cards into jail

Two male inmates who had access to the card both tested positive for drugs, according to the sheriff's office.
Credit: Ada Co. Jail
Jennifer Star Perry

BOISE, Idaho — A Boise woman was arrested Monday after investigators say she sent greeting cards soaked in methamphetamine to inmates in the Ada County Jail.

Jennifer Star Perry, 41, is charged with introducing contraband into a correctional facility, a felony. 

The Ada County Sheriff's Office began investigating the case in Sept. 13 after learning that an inmate had received a card in the mail that had dried meth on it. 

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Deputies say two inmates - 25-year-old Nathan J. Neviaser and 35-year-old Christopher G. Wray - had access to the card. Both men tested positive for drugs, according to the sheriff's office.

A piece of a card found among Neviaser's possessions also tested positive for meth. Both Wray and Neviaser are also facing the same charge of introducing contraband into a correctional facility.

On Sept. 14, deputies intercepted another greeting card sent from Perry and addressed to Wray. The card appeared to have dried liquid on it, and tested positive for methamphetamine. 

The sheriff's office says all mail that comes into the Ada County Jail is visually inspected and run through a scanner that detects metal. Officials are looking into ways to make it easier to detect drugs in situations like this.

Detectives continued their investigation before routing the case to the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, which issued an arrest warrant for Perry in October. She was taken into custody Monday morning by the ACSO’s ACTION team.

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According to the sheriff's office, deputies found methamphetamine, pills, and drug paraphernalia during Perry's arrest, and additional drug charges are pending. 

Perry was booked into the Ada County Jail, where she is held on a $50,000 bond. She is due back in court Dec. 6 for a preliminary hearing. 

If convicted of introducing contraband into the jail, she could face up to five years in prison. 

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