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Another defendant in prison drug smuggling caper sentenced

Published June 22. 2012 05:01PM

Another defendant in the case of inmates at the Carbon County prison smuggling illegal substances into the jail by using mail sent to them, was sentenced Thursday afternoon to a county prison term.

Daniel J. Thorpe, 27, currently an inmate at the jail, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve one day less one year to one day less two years on a charge of criminal attempt-to bring contraband into the prison.

Thorpe was among 11 arrested for having the controlled substance Suboxone sent to him at the jail. The drug was placed underneath the stamps of letters sent to several inmates. Suboxone is a drug used to treat heroin addiction and is commonly produced in pill form. However, it is now being manufactured in thin, film-like strips, very similar to the popular breath freshening strips.

When the 11 were arrested District Attorney Gary F. Dobias called the incident, "Operation Postage Stamp." The prison warden, Joseph Gross, intercepted three letters containing Suboxone underneath the stamps of the letters. He turned over the information to the Attorney General's office which conducted the probe.

At the time Thorpe was arrested he was serving a three to 12 month term on other criminal charges.

Nanovic also ordered Thorpe to supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, get a drug and alcohol evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render 100 hours of community service when released on parole. He must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee.

He was given credit for 165 days spent in jail on the charge.

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