(Stillwater, Okla.) – A Cushing prison visitor has pleaded no contest to bringing marijuana, methamphetamine and alprazolam into the Cimarron Correctional Facility where her husband is an inmate serving an 18-year sentence.
Heather Dawn Adams, 23, of Tulsa, was placed on five years’ probation with an order to serve a 30-day jail term, as part of a plea bargain approved in court Friday.
Adams was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service within one year, undergo random drug testing, have a substance abuse evaluation, follow all recommendations, and pay for the cost of her incarceration as well as $1,250 in fines and assessments, court records show.
A woman who traveled with her to the Cushing prison, Jessie Joann Potts, 32, of Muskogee, had pleaded guilty three months ago to bringing marijuana and alprazolam into the facility for which she was placed on five years’ probation with an order to serve a 30-day jail term, court records show.
Potts was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service within one year, undergo random drug testing, have a substance abuse evaluation, follow all recommendations, and pay for the cost of her incarceration as well as $1,400 in fines and assessments, court records show.
The prison’s K-9 handler, Chace Wright, said that Adams was caught passing contraband to her husband, an inmate, Cushing Police Officer Matt Piatt alleged in an affidavit.
Video surveillance showed “Heather and Inmate Adams walk to the area where they take visitation photographs, and Inmate Adams reach around Heather, and what appears to be Inmate Adams removing an item from Heather’s right side pants area,” the affidavit alleged.
“The video then shows a correctional officer enter the visiting room and escort Inmate Adams out to a strip-out room. As Inmate Adams is leaving he has a black object in his right hand,” that he puts on a table where it was recovered by a prison official, the affidavit alleged.
“The bag contained black electrical tape around two small bundles,” one of which had what appeared to be marijuana, white pills and yellow pills, the affidavit alleged.
“The other bundle was still partially wrapped up in black electrical tape and had a white powdery substance inside,” with a green leafy substance attached to the tape, the affidavit alleged.
“In the statement from Heather Adams, she wrote she received a call from some guy’s girlfriend stating that there was something that needed to be picked up and dropped off, or something very bad could happen,” the affidavit alleged.
“Heather said the package was wrapped tightly and she could not get an answer as to what was in it. Heather said Sgt. Wright saw her husband get something, and they took him away right after we took pictures.
“Heather said she was brought into a room with her son and accused and questioned when she had no idea what was found. Heather said the package was black and couldn’t get it unwrapped to see what it was, but believed there was money and tobacco.
“I asked Heather why she concealed the item in her pants if she did not know what it was, and she was told to give it to her husband in visitation,” the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
“I found out Heather brought another female visitor with her that was not allowed into the visiting room,” but was in the front lobby, the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
“I asked Potts if she rode with Adams today and she said she did. I asked Potts if she brought any contraband into the facility, and she paused and looked down before stating she did not.
“As a female correctional officer followed Potts to the bathroom, Potts stopped by the bathroom door and stated, ‘If I give it to you, will I go to jail?’ Wright then asked Potts ‘Give us what?’
“Potts then removed two items wrapped in black electrical tape from her right jacket pocket and Sgt. Wright took custody of them,” one of which was a clear baggy in black electrical tape containing a green leafy substance, the affidavit alleged.
“The second object was a clear plastic baggy also wrapped in black electrical tape that had round purple pills, oblong white pills and oblong yellow pills,” the affidavit alleged.
“Potts stated Adams gave it to her about a mile from the prison and told her to take it in. I asked Potts what Adams gave to her, and she stated ‘the things you took,’” the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
Potts said she was not allowed into visitation and was waiting for Adams to come back out when she was contacted by Sgt. Wright and myself. I asked Potts why she was not allowed in the visitation room and she stated she has taken contraband into another facility before,” the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
Four years ago, the inmate, Sean D. Adams, 26, was given six concurrent 18-year prison terms for three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of possession of a firearm after a former conviction, and one count of attempted armed robbery, all in Tulsa County, state Department of Corrections records show.
He also has a 2006 conviction for second-degree burglary in Illinois for which he was placed on four years’ probation, DOC records show.