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2 charged in county jail drug smuggling case

Pair accused of helping corrections officer in trafficking


Two Toledoans, including an inmate, were arraigned today for helping a Lucas County corrections officer smuggle drugs into the county jail.

Charged and being held in the Lucas County jail in lieu of bond are Salina Sosbe, 29, of 418 3rd St., and Jesse Perez, 33, of 1003 Mott St.

Ms. Sosbe is charged with two counts of illegal conveyance of drugs, trafficking in drugs, and aggravated possession of drugs. Her bond is set at $15,000.

Mr. Perez, who has been at the jail since May 22 pending trial for a robbery, is charged with two counts of illegal conveyance of drugs and trafficking in drugs. His bond is set at $15,000.

The corrections officer, Michelle Vining, 31, of West Toledo, was arrested July 20 as she arrived at work. She is charged with illegal conveyance of drugs, trafficking in drugs, and possession of drugs. She was released from the jail on her own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court again Aug. 14.

Ms. Vining was arrested after a three-week investigation prompted by jailhouse tips.

According to court records, Ms. Sosbe and Ms. Vining allegedly worked together to get marijuana and Percocet into the jail.

Ms. Vining, a 10-year employee of the jail, would allegedly take the drugs into the jail and get them to the fifth floor where they were given to Mr. Perez. Mr. Perez would allegedly either use or sell the drugs, according to court records.

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