WICHITA FALLS, Texas — A woman with a distinctive shaved hairstyle has been busted for trying to send drugs to a convicted murderer serving a life sentence in prison.
Investigators say mail room workers at the James V. Allred prison in northern Texas intercepted a letter sent by 29-year-old Sara Elizabeth Russell to Jason Burkett after spotting an unusual bulge behind a photograph inside a handmade card.
A closer inspection revealed a package containing a white powder which later tested positive for methamphetamine, KFDX-TV reported.
They also found handwritten instructions on how to disguise the meth in the card, including a note to tape the outside edges of the package shut.
Burkett admitted that he had made the card and mailed it to Russell but claimed to investigators that he did not ask her to mail him drugs.
Investigators say the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab matched fingerprints found on the package to Russell. They believe Burkett sent her the card with pre-arranged directions to place the drugs inside and return it to him.
She has been charged with one count of prohibited substance in a correctional facility and was held on $10,000 bond.
Burkett is serving life sentences for the murders of two teenage boys in Conroe, Texas in 2001. His co-defendant, Michael “Romeo” Perry was executed in 2010 for the murder of the mother of one of the boys.