- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) - A jail inmate and his girlfriend been arrested after authorities say greeting cards with fentanyl patches were mailed to the Nassau County jail.

Police say Wednesday that 28-year-old Kyle Whitenack, an inmate at the jail, allegedly masterminded the plot.

Detectives launched an investigation in June after a correction officer found the drug patches stuffed in greeting cards sent to Whitenack and another inmate.

Investigators claim Whitenack told his girlfriend, 28-year-old Jessie Radice, to mail the cards to the jail.

Both were arrested on promoting prison contraband charges. Police also arrested Radice on a drug possession charge.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether they had lawyers who could comment on the arrests.

A jail spokesman said an officer found the drugs during a routine mail inspection.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opiate.

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