Michael Leonides Santos, 36, was sentenced to four months in prison for smuggling spice into the Monroe County Detention Center.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama said Santos brought paper soaked in the synthetic cannabinoid to his client, who was placed in jail on federal charges. The exchange was caught on a surveillance camera.

A search of Santos’ vehicle yielded evidence, including small baggies with tobacco, phones and chargers and other items. Text messages revealed more evidence that Santos and the inmate were working together to smuggle contraband into the jail.

“In those messages, the inmate discussed smuggling spice into the jail, how to package the contraband and give it to Santos, and how much profit the inmate could make by distributing spice inside the jail,” prosecutors claimed.

United States District Judge Kristi K. DuBose ordered Santos to serve four months plus a one-year term of supervised release and substance abuse testing and treatment. He must also pay a $200 fine and $25 in special assessments.

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