In August of last year, jail officials at the Broward County Jail began an investigation after receiving a tip from one of the inmates about drug-laced mail that had apparently slipped past the jail's personnel. While many jailhouse tips fail to yield viable evidence of a crime, this particular tip proved to be fruitful.
The Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale made the news after inmates had received postcards that were very unique in nature. According to federal prosecutors, these "special" postcards arrived at the jail, laced with a hallucinogenic drug that was very similar to LSD.
The prosecutors say that each inmate paid $10 for a tiny piece of the postcard, which they put inside their mouths to allow for a quick absorption of the drug.
Last week, two of the inmates pleaded guilty to federal drug charges. According to authorities, 56-year-old William Hahne, who was on the outside, pleaded not guilty to possessing and distributing the drug.
The prosecutors point to Hahne, saying that he is the man responsible for sending the drug-laced cards into the jail, and to the other two inmates.
Hahne's defense attorney reported that he is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Miami's Federal Detention Center.
Broward County Jail, otherwise known as the "Main Jail," is an eight-story maximum security facility that is adjacent to the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. Originally built in 1985 to house 864 inmates, it was later expanded to hold 1,538 inmates.
The Broward County Jail is an all-male facility, with the majority of its inmates awaiting trial or sentencing, otherwise they are serving terms of less than a year.
The inmates at the Main Jail are considered violent; dangerous; or escape risks; or due to the nature of their charges, they require maximum security housing.
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