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JUNEAU — A 36-year-old Kenosha woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to delivering drugs to an inmate at Fox Lake Correctional Institution.

Michelle Garza had an additional count of possession with the intent to deliver prescription drugs dismissed by Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer.

According to the criminal complaint, an investigative captain at Fox Lake Correctional Institution contacted the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Oct. 18 after an inmate received two greeting cards containing Suboxone, which is used to treat opioid addiction. The postmark was from Milwaukee, and the return address was from Racine but included the Waupun ZIP code.

The inmate also talked to a woman on the phone about delivering the drug in the cards, according to the criminal complaint. The inmate reportedly asked for more drugs during one call because there was a lot of demand for the drug at the prison.

One inmate became ill from ingesting the drug, according to the criminal complaint.

The inmate’s property was searched, and officers found that Garza had contacted the inmate in the past using her own name and that she had similar handwriting as that on the cards. She was also on probation with Wisconsin Department of Corrections and was being housed in Kenosha County Jail.

Garza was spoken to in the jail and told law enforcement on Oct. 23 that she had written the inmate, but had never visited him. She denied sending the drug to him. Garza asked for a lawyer when she was told that she was recorded on inmate phone calls talking about the Suboxone and there was a search warrant for her DNA.

The inmate admitted to talking to Garza on the phone.

Garza has previous convictions for retail theft.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled Feb. 25.

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