Investigators say jail employees intercepted letters disguised as legal correspondences containing Suboxone and LSD.

WISCASSET, Maine — Six people have been charged with smuggling drugs into Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, state drug agents announced Tuesday.

Investigators began looking into the case in January, focusing on an inmate later accused of getting two people to send him drugs through the mail.

Maine’s Public Safety spokesperson Steve McCausland said the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency alleges Alexander Laurelez, 23, of Topsham, enlisted the help of a 17-year-old and Kyle Brady, 19, of Topsham, to send him Suboxone and LSD to him through the mail while he was an inmate at the jail.

Suboxone is a brand name drug that contains buprenorphine and naloxone. It is used to treat adults who are dependent on opioids.

Laurelez is accused of instructing the two to hide the drugs between pieces of paper inside an envelope marked as “Legal Correspondence” and addressed and mailed to fellow inmate George Markos, 29, of Bath.

McCausland said the envelopes’ return address was that of a Maine law firm, giving the appearance they contained legal papers so jail authorities wouldn’t open them. He said the law firm had no knowledge or involvement.

Fellow inmate Devin Leonard, 26, of Wiscasset, is also accused of coordinating with Laurelez to have Suboxone smuggled into him.

McCausland said Leonard allegedly had girlfriend Brianna Ayers, 23, of Lewiston, mail Suboxone to the juvenile, who then mailed the letters to the jail.

On Feb. 27, jail investigators intercepted an envelope to the jail addressed to Markos, containing 17 Suboxone strips and three tabs of LSD.

Ayers, Brady, Laurelez, Leonard, Markos and the 17-year-old were all charged with both prison contraband trafficking and furnishing Suboxone and LSD.

Furnishing charges were aggravated for Brady, Laurelez and Leonard.

Ayers initially failed to turn herself in and an arrest warrant was issued. She was later arrested in Lewiston Tuesday afternoon and taken to Androscoggin County Jail.

Brady was charged at Cumberland County Jail where he was being held on a probation hold. No bail was set.

Laurelez, who had been released from the jail, was re-arrested on April 20 in Topsham and taken back to Two Bridges. Bail was set at $10,000 cash.

Leonard was charged at Androscoggin County Jail, where he was being held on unrelated charges. Bail was set at $5,000 cash.

Markos was charged at Two Bridges where he was a current inmate on a probation violation. No bail was set.

The 17-year-old was released to her parents in Topsham.

The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office and Topsham Police Department assisted jail investigators in the case.

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