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Texas Woman Busted After Trying To Mail Meth To Murder Convict

A white, powdery substance was found behind a photo murderer Jason Burkett reportedly instructed Sara Russell to deliver to him.

By Ethan Harfenist
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A woman from Katy, Texas, was arrested in Wichita County after allegedly attempting to sneak meth in for an inmate convicted of murder that is incarcerated at a local prison.

According to the Wichita County Sheriff's Office, Sara Elizabeth Russell, 29, was given $10,000 bond over her getting a prohibited substance into a correctional facility.

Texas-based news outlet KFDX reported that a state investigator was told that a mailroom employee at the James V. Allred correctional facility discovered a bulge underneath a photo on a handmade card. When the worker tugged on the photo, she discovered a packet with a white, powdery substance that was later found to contain meth.

Investigators also told KFDX that the package, which contained an almost unreadable name and address on it, contained directions to tape the card's outside edges closed. It also had a handwritten "RTS"—return to sender—direction on it. The return address was made out to Jason Burkett, an inmate serving a life sentence over a 2001 triple murder that resulted in the deaths of two teenagers and one mother in Conroe, Texas.

Burkett told investigators that while he did mail the card to Russell, he did not request for the drugs to be placed in it. Russell was arrested on Thursday over the drug-stuffed delivery.

The Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab found Russell's fingerprints on the package, KFDX reported. An investigator told the outlet that they allege Burkett mailed the package to Russell with directions to put drugs in it.

[Credit: Wichita County Sheriff's Office]

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