The love letters from 18-year-old Sarah Laurito to her inmate boyfriend in Ocala may have been sealed with a kiss.
But the stamps didn’t stick properly.
The reason: thin strips of drugs were hidden behind the stamps on envelopes to her boyfriend, 25-year-old inmate Jeremy Weber, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said today.
Laurito was charged with introducing contraband to the jail.
In one letter, officials say, she talked about their newborn and included a love poem to Weber.
Suboxone, the drug found behind the stamps, is produced as a film similar to breath-mint strips.
The drug is used to reduce withdrawal symptoms from opiate drugs.
The letter that tipped off authorities had two orange-colored films under the stamp, each one a 4 milligram dose.
Detective Meyer Carter said Weber dropped subtle hints during “phone calls to Laurito on how to get the drugs to him by using her love letters to him,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a report.
During the recorded calls, Weber told her several times to “go to the subway behind the food stamp office. Each time he said it, he would emphasize the words, ‘sub,’ ‘behind,’ and ‘stamp,'” her arrest report said.
“Sarah does not seem to understand what inmate Weber is saying and finally asks if it is something he wanted her to do,” the report added. “Inmate Weber replies ‘yes’ and that he really wanted a ‘sub’ behind the food stamp office ‘when you write me a letter.'”
At that point, Laurito said she understood and told Weber that ‘it took me a little while, but I got you,'” the report said. “Sarah confirms that she will do it and tells him that he will have to make the letter last until she gets more ‘stamps.'”
On a Sept. 26 jail visit, officials questioned her about the letters.
“She told the officer that she and Weber both had prescriptions for Suboxone and admitted to sending the drug to Weber three or four times,” the report said.
Laurito turned herself into the Marion County Jail on Sept. 29 and has since posted a $2,000 bond and has been released.
“Weber is still in jail and will also be facing a charge of introduction of contraband to the jail,” the report added.
He was previously booked into the jail on July 11 on a charge of violation of probation for possession of a controlled substance.