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Woman sentenced for bribing guards with sex, money in order to smuggle contraband into Jessup prison

Posted at 10:48 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 10:50:28-05

GREENBELT, Md. — A 37-year-old Parkville woman will spend the next year in federal prison for smuggling contraband into the Jessup Correctional Institution.

Prosecutors say Trinesse Butts bribed corrections officers with sex and money in order to sneak drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and cell phones into the maximum security prison, where her boyfriend was an inmate.

Butts carried out her crimes from at least 2017 until earlier this year.

Once the inmates received the goods, they would sell it to other prisoners for a profit much larger than what they could make on the street.

For example, Suboxone strips cost approximately $3 each, but they would go onto sell in the prison for $50.

As the contraband got sold, Butts would operate the accounts through which the transactions were made.

Court documents show her boyfriend routinely provided her with re-loadable prepaid debit card account numbers for inmates.

Three other co-defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles and are awaiting sentencing. Eleven more are still facing charges.

Upon completing her sentence, Butts will be placed on three-years supervised release.