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Man who shared drug-laced paper goods gets 26 years

July 19, 2019

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who shared methamphetamine-laced greeting cards, letters and other paper goods with fellow jail inmates has been sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Prosecutors say 47-year-old Kelly Mitchell, of Burlington, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Davenport. He’d pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and phentermine, and providing contraband to an inmate.

Mitchell acknowledged to authorities that while in custody at Muscatine County Jail on unrelated drug charges, he regularly received coloring pages, greeting cards, letters, envelopes and other paper goods that had been soaked in a liquid containing meth and another controlled substance. He then provided those papers to other inmates.

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