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Plot to smuggle meth into Pueblo County facility foiled by observant deputies

Posted at 4:52 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 20:18:30-04

PUEBLO COUNTY — Some observant Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Detention deputies recently foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs into the Pueblo County Detention Facility.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the deputies found and confiscated 11 grams of meth that was hidden in a pair of medically approved shoes that were delivered for an inmate.

The Sheriff's Office said an investigation that followed the discovery of the drugs led to the issuance of arrest warrants for five people, including an employee of Steel City Bail Bonds, who the Sheriff's Office said was involved in an elaborate plot to bring drugs into the jail.

No bond warrants for first-degree introduction of contraband were issued for Gillian Stromayer, Jose Huskey, Joshua Wilhite, Sapphire Huskey and Ronald Rodgers. Stromayer, Jose Huskey and Joshua Wilhite have been arrested. Rodgers and Sapphire Huskey are still at large, according to the office.

The Sheriff's Office said the drugs were discovered when deputies noticed the soles of the shoes had been altered. Plastic bags with meth were found inside the soles. The shoes were brought in by Ronald Rogers.

The plan to bring the drugs in was planned by people inside and outside of the jail, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies discovered that Gillian Stromayer, who works for Steel City Bail Bonds, was utilizing free inmate bond calls to facilitate the transactions. Steel City Bail Bond's phone number is now blocked at the Pueblo County Jail.

“This was a great job by our detention deputies in detecting the alterations made to the shoes and finding the drugs hidden inside. This prevented a significant amount of drugs from getting into the facility,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “The solid investigative work by our deputies led to the quick identification of the five suspects and the subsequent arrest of three of those individuals.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rogers and Sapphire Huskey is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (719) 583-6250, or CrimeStoppers if you wish to remain anonymous.