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August 20, 2007

9:44 p.m.: Woman accused of smuggling items into prison

By SHAWN McGRATH

shawn.mcgrath@heraldbulletin.com



An Indianapolis woman is being held in the Madison County Jail on allegations that she tried to smuggle more than two ounces of marijuana and a cell phone into a Pendleton prison by placing the items in her vagina.

The Madison County Prosecutor’s Office charged Tiffany A. Bullock, 23, with trafficking with an inmate, a Class C felony, and dealing marijuana, Class D felony.

Indiana State Police were called to the Pendleton Correctional Facility shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday after prison staff spotted Bullock passing an object to an inmate she was visiting, Phillip G. Mourey, according to the probable cause affidavit written by Trooper Dave Pointer that was filed with the charges.

During questioning, Bullock told Pointer she’s known Mourey for about a month, and he asked her to bring something to him. On Friday, a man she had never met arrived at her home and gave her a “cylinder object,” according to the affidavit. Bullock told Pointer she thought only a cell phone was inside the container. The container was wrapped in black electrical tape and placed inside a condom.

On Saturday, she put the container in her vagina before coming to the prison. She retrieved the container while meeting with Mourey in a visiting room and gave it to him. Mourey stuffed the item in his pants. When Mourey was told he would be strip searched, he pulled the container out his pants and threw the item away, but prison staff retrieved the object.

Surveillance cameras recorded Bullock giving the container to Mourey, according to the affidavit. The marijuana had a preliminary weight of about 2.3 ounces and was divided between seven plastic baggies.

Bullock made an initial court appearance Monday. Madison County Magistrate Stephen Clase entered an automatic not-guilty plea on her behalf and approved the appointment of a public defender.

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