Jacksonville woman tried smuggling heroin, Subutex into Walton County prison, officials say

Sierra Rains
Northwest Florida Daily News

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — A 55-year-old woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly attempting to smuggle contraband into a Walton County prison inside her underwear. 

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Gertrude Harper

Deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office were called to the Walton Correctional Institution after Gertrude Harper of Jacksonville was caught with the items at the state facility, according to a WCSO news release. 

Staff at Walton CI located five baggies containing 101 grams of heroin, six miniature cellphones and 93 individual doses of Subutex, an opioid medication, under her clothing. 

During an interview with Harper, investigators reportedly learned that she had brought the narcotics and other items for an inmate.  

Harper was taken into custody and is facing multiple felony charges, including two counts of smuggling contraband into a prison and one count of trafficking heroin. She was issued a $25,000 bond and is still in custody.