Two arrested for allegedly distributing meth-laced stamps through jail’s mail

Two arrested for allegedly distributing meth-laced stamps through jail’s mail
Deputies say Ricker and Little schemed to introduce meth into the Manatee County Jail through stamps on postcards. (Source: Manatee County Sheriff's Office)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Deputies arrested two people on Wednesday after they say they uncovered a scheme to distribute meth-laced stamps using the Manatee County Jail’s mail system.

Deputies say they first learned about the possibility of drugs coming through the mail on May 21st. The following day, detectives identified 52-year-old Kena Little as the inmate allegedly organizing the scheme so she could get high.

Their investigation led them to 57-year-old Charles Ricker, who deputies say was communicating with Little about the scheme before sending her three postcards on May 30th.

Deputies say the stamps on the cards lacked adhesive and could be easily peeled back. The stamps were removed for testing and deputies learned they contained meth.

Little was arrested Wednesday in the female pod of the jail and charged with principal to attempt to introduce contraband. Ricker was taken into custody the same day when he went to the jail’s Visitation Center for a scheduled visit with Little. He’s charged with introduction of contraband.

Deputies say both could face additional charges.

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