Libby woman charged with drug smuggling

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Salli Suzanne Bosma arraignment, Monday, July 29, 2019. (Paul Sievers/The Wester News)

A Libby woman stands accused of trying to smuggle morphine into the Lincoln County Jail.

Salli S. Bosma, 35, is facing two felony counts, one for criminal possession of dangerous drugs and one for of conspiracy for trying to make an illegal transfer to an incarcerated person.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Lincoln County Deputy Attorney Jeffrey Zwang, a detective with the county Sheriff’s Office learned on July 10 that an inmate, Shane Mundale, had allegedly made arrangements with Bosma to smuggle drugs to him in the county jail.

According to the court document, the plan was for Bosma to allegedly place meth into a contact lens case and have Mundale’s father bring the case to him.

The detective called the jail and told a guard about the alleged plan. The guard explained that Mundale’s father had just given the contact case to her and she had given it to Mundale. The detective asked the guard to retrieve the contact case. When the detective arrived at the jail, he found the guard confronting Mundale and saw him hand the case to the guard.

The detective also said that Mundale was rubbing his eyes and said the contacts burned his eyes.

The guard said when she opened each side of the case she contact lenses in a clear solution.

The detective said when he tested the case for drugs, it was positive for opiates. The officer then asked jail staff to drug test Mundale. Later that evening, the detective learned that Mundale had allegedly tested positive for opiates.

According to the jail guard, he said Mundale told him it was a phone setup for him and that his Tizanadine prescription bottle had morphine pills mixed in and that a guard must have given him one.

According to the affidavit, the detective said he listened to calls Mundale had allegedly made from the jail to Bosma and that she was confused. After Mundale received the contacts, he allegedly called Bosma and told her he got them. Bosma allegedly asked Mundale if he was happy and he said he was.

According to a previous story in The Western News, Shane Mundale was involved in another attempt to have drugs smuggled into the courtroom.

According to court and other media reports, Bosman has faced drug charges in Washington and other offenses in Montana in the past.

Bosma is lodged in the Lincoln County Jail. Her bail was set at $100,000.

Bosma appeared for her preliminary hearing Monday afternoon and she pleaded not guilty.

Bosman is facing a total of 15 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $5,000.

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