POSTED: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 8:39pm
A look at how far inmates and others are willing to go to try and smuggle drugs and other illegal activities inside mail sent to Utah prison. Alex Cabrero reports.
(KSL)Mail workers at the Utah State Prison received an award for excelling their work of examining all letters and finding contraband mailed to inmates -- including drugs mixed with crayon.
For 22 years, Petty Schwimmer has been ripping open envelopes just to peek at what's inside.
"You can't see if you just go like this," said Schwimmer, holding the envelope down on her desk. "Sometimes you can see like that," she said as she held the envelope up to a light.
Normally, opening mail that doesn't belong to you would be considered illegal. However, Schwimmer is doing it because the person receiving the mail has already done something illegal.
Schwimmer is one of eight mail workers at the Utah State Prison in Draper. Their job is to go through every single one of the roughly 10,000 pieces of mail coming into the prison every week.
The crew looks for drugs that people on the outside try to get to people in prison.
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