Two convicted for attempting to smuggle drugs inside Henrico Jail East in New Kent
Two individuals who attempted to smuggle drugs into Henrico Jail East in New Kent accepted the terms of separate plea agreements during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court.
Otis Jeffrey Fleming, 52, currently of Henrico Jail East, and Cristina Marie Taliaferro, 29, of Richmond, each entered guilty pleas to charges stemming from the same incident. Fleming plead guilty to one county of attempting to deliver drugs to a prisoner, with a conspiracy charge of attempting to deliver drugs to a prisoner was dropped as part of the plea deal. Taliaferro entered guilty pleas to amended misdemeanor charges of being an accessory after the fact in attempting to deliver drugs to a prisoner (originally attempting to deliver drugs to a prisoner) and being an accessory after the fact to conspiracy in attempting to deliver drugs to a prisoner (originally conspiracy to attempt to deliver drugs to a prisoner).
In a summary of evidence provide by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on July 18, 2017, two investigators exchanged information revolving around Fleming placing money on other inmates’ accounts. An investigation commenced with phone calls monitored between Fleming and Taliaferro. During those conversations, Fleming explained to Taliaferro how to melt Oxycodone into a liquid and how to smooth it onto the seal of letters. Taliaferro followed the instructions and mailed three letters disguised as legal aid to the prison. The mail clerk noticed lumps under the flap of the envelopes and reported it to investigators. Fleming and Taliaferro admitted to the offenses during interviews with investigators.
Fleming received a 10-year jail sentence with eight years suspended (two years to serve) on the attempted delivering of drugs charge. He will also have to enroll and successfully complete the ORBIT program. Taliaferro received a 12-month sentence with all time suspended on each of her two convictions.