CLEARWATER – A female inmate and her mother reportedly organized a scheme to smuggle prescription drugs into the Pinellas County Jail on 49th Street in Clearwater. The mother was arrested July 31.
According to investigators, between July 22 and July 27, inmate Janelle Albertson, 27, conspired with her mother, Mary Ann Albertson, 53, both of Clearwater to introduce various prescription pills into the Pinellas County Jail. Deputies assigned to the Detention Investigations Unit began to investigate the case after detention deputies received a tip.
The investigation revealed that the women devised a plan in which Mary Ann Albertson would deliver and hide various prescription pills in a public restroom at the jail. An inmate worker would then retrieve the pills from the restroom and deliver them to Janelle in her housing unit. The sheriff’s report includes no additional information about the “inmate worker.”
Detectives learned that Janelle Albertson was selling or trading each pill for approximately $50 worth of items, including commissary products, phone cards and a pair of Nike shoes. Deputies say the pills also were used for personal consumption.
Deputies said pill deliveries to the jail occurred on at least two occasions between July 22 and July 27. On July 31, investigators discovered various pills, including morphine, cyclobenzaprine, Xanax, Soma and Dilaudid concealed in one of the public restrooms.
Deputies arrested Mary Ann Albertson July 31 at her Clearwater home for conspiracy to introduce contraband to a county detention facility and introduction of contraband into a county facility. She was subsequently transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident. Bond was set at $10,000.
Janelle Albertson was charged with conspiracy to introduce contraband to a county detention facility and introduction of contraband into a county facility. Janelle was already in jail after being arrested June 23 for possession of alprazolam, marijuana and morphine, as well as a felony charge of failure to appear. Her bonds total $70,530. Jail records show that Janelle has been booked five additional times, beginning Nov. 8, 2012. Charges include retail theft, possession of drugs, resisting arrest and a warrant from Pasco County for grand theft auto.
Jail records show that Mary Ann also has spent time in the Pinellas County Jail with three additional booking reports dating back to Aug. 6, 2012 for failure to appear in Pasco County on battery charges.