WALLA WALLA — Two Spokane residents were charged Wednesday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court with intentionally leaving marijuana and chewing tobacco for distribution on the grounds of the Washington State Penitentiary this week.
Steven D. Hackett, 52, and his fiancee, Andrea M. Olsen, 44, are accused of second-degree introducing contraband, possession of a controlled substance by a person not a prisoner, and second-degree criminal trespass.
Officials said Hackett and Olsen were in a vehicle — which was under surveillance — that stopped near a composting facility at the north perimeter of the prison between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday.
“After the vehicle left, investigators checked the area and found several black plastic bags with colored balloons inside, containing marijuana and tobacco,” according to a Walla Walla police report filed in court.
Hackett and Olsen were arrested the following day after they arrived at the prison to visit inmate Jarred T. Many, who is Olsen’s son.
In the vehicle, authorities later allegedly found the same types of bags located at the composting facility.
Walla Walla police Detective Marlon Calton told the Union-Bulletin officials believe Many was the intended recipient of the contraband, but wouldn’t disclose how Many might have received it. Apparently no correctional officers were involved in the scheme, Calton said.
The discovery was the culmination of an investigation that began in April involving monitored phones calls between Olsen and Many, as well as other information investigators received, according to the police report.
Hackett and Olsen were booked into the Walla Walla County Jail. Bail was set at $35,000.
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