PORTLAND, Oregon — It was the kiss of death.
An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died after bags of meth she passed him during a jailhouse kiss burst in his stomach, has been sentenced to two years in prison on a drug conspiracy charge.
Melissa Ann Blair, 46, was visiting her boyfriend, Anthony Powell, in the Oregon State Penitentiary last year when they shared a long kiss during which she passed seven balloons filled with methamphetamine into his mouth.
Two of the balloons later ruptured in his stomach and he died soon after of methamphetamine toxicity, prosecutors say.
The 41-year-old Powell had been serving a life sentence for the stabbing death of his mother-in-law.
Blair’s attorney had argued that his client had been coerced by Powell into participating in smuggling drugs into the prison.
“It was a very Svengali-type situation where he had total control over her life,” John Ransom said, according to The Associated Press. “She had to do whatever he said.”
Four others have pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges in the case and are awaiting sentencing.