COLUMBUS — An 18-year-old Columbus woman was released on bond Monday after being jailed on suspicions that she mailed a greeting card containing meth and a prescription drug to her boyfriend, who remains incarcerated.
Rachel Hayward, arrested Feb. 16 for two counts of distribution of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, posted a $5,000 bond, 10 percent allowed for release. Her bond was reduced from an initial $100,000.
Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa scheduled Hayward for a March 8 felony first appearance hearing. The judge ordered the city woman to have no contact with her boyfriend, Ethan Vesely, 20, who remains in custody at the county lockup.
Hayward has not yet been formally charged by the county attorney’s office.
Vesely is being held on charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His bond remains at $100,000, 10 percent allowed for release.
Jail officials reported the greeting card containing baggies with a “white, powdery substance” that later tested positive for meth and vyvanse, a Schedule II controlled amphetamine prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and binge eating disorder.
A Platte County Sheriff’s Office investigation began early in February when jail officials conducting a routine check of incoming mail for inmates found the greeting card that had been modified to hold contraband.
Taped inside a pouch of the greeting card addressed to Vesely were two small baggies holding the drugs, Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Spale wrote in his probable cause arrest statement.
Spale said a subsequent search of Vesely’s jail pod turned up several letters from Hayward addressed to the inmate that included coded language for discussing sending drugs through the mail to the jail. Recorded phone calls from the jail between the couple also referenced sending drugs to the jail, the deputy said.
Hayward, who is currently on probation for possession of meth, was arrested following a search of her Ninth Street home and vehicle in which authorities reported finding several letters from Vesely to the city woman, and the same kind of envelopes and paper she used to allegedly send contraband to her boyfriend, Spale wrote.