Drug-Soaked Greeting Gets Couple Jail Time

By Keri Blakinger 09/21/17

Sheriff’s office employees intercepted the drug-covered card before it got to its intended (and imprisoned) recipient. 

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A north Texas couple is headed to federal prison over a greeting card with a little too much pep. 

Amanda Mollison and Justin Brown were both sentenced to a little over four years in the pen after the 29-year-old mailed her jailed lover a meth-soaked greeting card, prosecutors said. 

Brown was locked up in the Collin Count Jail in McKinney last fall when officials tested a card snagged from the incoming mail and found that the cheery greeting and the envelope it came in both tested positive for meth. 

And when authorities checked recorded phone calls Brown made from behind bars, they found the star-crossed lovers had brazenly discussed their methy plans in advance—on the recorded jail line. 

On Sept. 30, Brown asked Mollison to “work on his card tonight” because he “wants to get high,” court records show. A few days later, he followed up by asking Mollison if she “did what he asked her to do,” according to court records. A day later she told him it was in the mail. 

Sheriff’s office employees intercepted the drug-covered card on Oct. 11, but court documents don’t clarify why it raised red flags. 

Just a day before the meth bust, Brown had pleaded guilty to a theft charge, the latest in a long line of criminal convictions, according to the Dallas Observer. Most of his priors are theft, fraud and meth convictions in Dallas County. Last year he was sentenced on the Collin County charges to nine months for theft and seven years for evading arrest, according to NBC affiliate KXAS-TV.

Mollison’s similar but shorter record features credit card abuse, tampering with government records and fraud charges. She and Brown both have prior arrests in nearby Denton County as well.

The pair was indicted in February and pleaded guilty back in May. They were sentenced last week in the Eastern District of Texas, Brown for possession of prison contraband and Mollison for providing prison contraband.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Collin County Sheriff’s Office teamed up to investigate the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey M. Batson.

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.