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Halstad woman charged for smuggling drugs in balloon inside herself into jail

CROOKSTON - An inmate is facing charges after smuggling drugs with a balloon inside herself into the Crookston jail, according to court documents. Jessica Renee Marciniak, 25, is charged with a felony count of fourth-degree controlled substance c...

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A surveillance video showed Jessica Renee Marciniak's husband reaching into his left jacket pocket and then moving out of view with Marciniak before she was taken back to jail, according to the complaint. Marciniak "received a balloon full of hydrocodone pills, which she put inside her and smuggled into the (jail)," the complaint stated. BrainerdDispatch.com Illustration

CROOKSTON - An inmate is facing charges after smuggling drugs with a balloon inside herself into the Crookston jail, according to court documents.

Jessica Renee Marciniak, 25, is charged with a felony count of fourth-degree controlled substance crime, two felony counts of fifth-degree controlled substance crimes and two gross misdemeanors for introduction of contraband into jail.

Marciniak, also known as Jessica Renee Hooker, was in the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in September on drug and drinking charges. An inmate told a correctional center officer on Jan. 7 there were female inmates using methamphetamine in the jail, according to a complaint. Tests from urine samples taken the next day revealed 10 inmates had amphetamines in their systems, including Marciniak.

Later that month, Marciniak was taken to the Norman County Courthouse in Ada, Minn., for a court appearance, and she was allowed to meet with her husband.

A surveillance video showed her husband reaching into his left jacket pocket and then moving out of view with Marciniak before she was taken back to jail, according to the complaint. Marciniak "received a balloon full of hydrocodone pills, which she put inside her and smuggled into the (jail)," the complaint stated.

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Another inmate again told an officer on Jan. 27 that women were using meth in the jail, including Marciniak, and the next day, a urine sample from Marciniak revealed a presence of opiates, according to the complaint.

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