Reporting Derek Shore
MARYSVILLE (CBS13) – At first glance they’re sweet postcards to an inmate, but officers say these are more than just words of support – they are drug-laced love letters.
“You can see on this one discoloration,” Yuba-Sutter NET-5 Cmdr. Martin Horan said. “The coating was found to be methamphetamine.”
That’s right: meth mail.
Yuba-Sutter narcotics detectives say it was an elaborate operation spearheaded by Janice Grimmett to smuggle the drug into the Yuba County Jail in Marysville by soaking them in liquid meth.
“The person receiving it would put in back into a liquid to bring it back to its methamphetamine state,” Horan said.
The recipient, Grimmett’s husband Dewayne Nelson, is being held behind bars for an incident CBS13 covered back in December where nelson was accused of kidnapping a man and eventually leading deputies on a high-speed chase and stand off.
Neighbors in the well-maintained Yuba City neighborhood where Grimmett lives say her home had become well known.
“A lot of stuff going on for too many months,” one said.
“We suspected something like this,” said another. “There was a lot of people coming and going.”
Narcotics officers arrested Grimmett and four others in the home Wednesday, thanks to a jail guard tipping them off to the narcotic notes.