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Sunday, December 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Couple accused of drug smuggling during Valentine’s Day prison visit

A man serving time at Airway Heights Corrections Center is accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into the prison with help from his fiancee.

Airway Heights correctional officers found a package containing marijuana, tobacco and rolling paper with George J. Schuler, 59, after a Valentine’s Day visit by his Mary E. Harvey, according to court documents. An officer in the visiting room noticed Schuler had something tucked between his legs and asked to inspect it.

Harvey was charged Wednesday with delivery of a controlled substance and introducing contraband. Schuler also faces drug delivery charges.

Schuler admitted he asked his fiancee over the phone to smuggle in marijuana and tobacco, and said he planned to sell the drugs to other inmates, court documents say.

He also took responsibility for a second package prison officials had recently found in the trash in the bathroom in the visiting area. Schuler said he planned to have a porter move the package from the trash to a milk container, which would be sorted by inmates in the recycling center.

Schuler is currently serving about six years for possessing stolen property and a stolen firearm in Kittitas County. He began serving his sentence in 2013.

Court documents say Schuler was investigated at Airway Heights Corrections Center in 2004 for attempting to bring drugs into the prison. He received two balloons of heroin from his wife by kissing her.

Department of Corrections spokesman Will Mader said Schuler has since been moved out of minimum security at Airway Heights to Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell, a medium security facility. He said he wasn’t sure of the reason for the move.

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