Federal authorities have accused 13 people of smuggling drugs and tobacco into the federal prison at Sheridan, Or., a scheme The Oregonian calls so elaborate that money sometimes changed hands through the pages of a public library book titled “Billionaire.” The suspects included three corrections workers, eight inmates, and two women outside the prison.
“The scenario depicted here was something that you might see in a Hollywood movie,” said Robert Jordan, chief FBI agent in Oregon. “Thousands of dollars moving through cash and wire transfers. The use of a local small library as a dead drop. High-priced sales of contraband behind guarded prison walls.” Indictments lay out an elaborate scheme in which inmates helped set up a pipeline for contraband and two women on the outside kept the deals going. The wife of one inmate is accused of passing cash through a 500-page book at the Sheridan Public Library called “Billionaire: The Life and Times of Sir James Goldsmith,” by Ivan Fallon.