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Texas woman charged with mailing meth to inmate convicted of capital murder

July 25, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas woman charged with mailing meth to inmate convicted of capital murder Sara Elizabeth Russell (left) AND Jason Burkett (right)

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A woman in Texas found herself behind bars after she reportedly tried to send a package filled with meth to a man convicted of capital murder in prison.

Authorities arrested Sara Elizabeth Russell, 29, of Katy, Texas, for her role in helping a killer smuggle meth into a state prison facility in North Texas.

A judge ordered that the woman remains in custody on a bond of $10,000, Click2Houston reported.

A prison employee working in the mailroom at the James V. Allred Unit noticed a package with a dubious bulge. When the staff opened the box, she found a picture. Behind the photo was a box of a white powdery substance which tested positive for meth.

Investigators said it appears Russell scheme with convicted killer Jason Burkett. A Texas jury sentenced Burkett to two life sentences for his part in the slaying of two boys in Conroe back in 2001. His co-defendant, in that case, was sentenced to the death penalty.

The package was mailed from Burkett to Russel and contained instructions for her to reseal the envelope with tape and label it “RTS” — Return to Sender. When the package was delivered back to the penitentiary, the mailroom staff discovered the drugs and informed police.

Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab recovered fingerprints on the box belonging to Russell.

While being interviewed, Burkett confessed to sending the package to Russell with the pre-arranged instructions to put the meth inside the package and have it returned to him.

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