Trial set for Spokane pair in penitentiary tobacco, drug case

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WALLA WALLA — Two Spokane residents are set for trial starting Aug. 27 on charges they intentionally left marijuana and chewing tobacco for distribution on the grounds of the Washington State Penitentiary early this month.

Steven D. Hackett, 52, and his fiancee, Andrea M. Olsen, 44, pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court to second-degree introducing contraband, possession of a controlled substance by a person not a prisoner, and second-degree criminal trespass.

Officials said that on June 2, 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.

“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. They believe Many was the intended recipient of the contraband. Apparently no correctional officers were involved in the scheme.

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, but later were released pending the outcomes of their cases.

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