BONIFAY - Two women have been arrested after a plot to introduce a relatively large amount of drugs and contraband to Holmes County Correctional Institution was intercepted.
According to a Holmes County Sheriff's Office news release this past weekend, 37-year-old Debra A. Sanchez of Bradenton and 44-year-old Julie A. Osuna of Palmetto were arrested on various drug and contraband charges after a Holmes County CI Senior Inspector advised HCSO she had received information that two females were on their way to the facility with the contraband with the intent to smuggle it in during visitation.
While the suspects were in the visitation waiting area, K-9 deputy, Highway, alerted to the presence of narcotics at the vehicle the two had arrived in.
"The Holmes CI Senior Inspector retrieved Sanchez and Osuna from the waiting area and advised them of the K-9’s alert, and a subsequent search of the vehicle was performed," the release stated. "The search resulted in the discovery of four miniature cell phones, approximately 40 grams of marijuana, various paraphernalia used for packaging and concealing contraband, and four small baggies containing what Sanchez stated was a Fentanyl/heroin mixture."
"Both subjects were escorted into the facility, where a search of each suspect was performed by Holmes CI staff," officials said in the release.
Sanchez had 58.6 grams of an unknown substance within her person, and about 29 grams of marijuana was removed from Osuna, the release stated. It was also revealed that Osuna was concealing more contraband, and she was transported to an area hospital, where medical staff removed an additional 35 grams of marijuana.
Sanchez is charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver, introduction of a cellular device, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Osuna is charged with of possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver and introduction of contraband into a detention facility.
"It takes a collective effort to fight the war against dangerous drugs being introduced and sold in our community, and we appreciate our partnership with other agencies such as Holmes CI," HCSO Sheriff John Tate said in a statement.