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An inmate in the Racine Correctional Institute was having a relationship with a person at the jail working on contract, and asked her to deliver things to him personally so the guards would not see them.

Jose A. Meraz, 34, was having the woman deliver such items as a sewing kit, tweezers, a cell phone and chewing tobacco, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Meraz, who is being held on a $1,000 cash bond, was selling the cans of chewing tobacco to other inmates. He also acquired the cell phone for another inmate. Meraz was having a sexual relationship with the woman.

One person interviewed by investigators said he believed Meraz had over 40 cans of chewing tobacco delivered to him in jail. He also had the woman acquire a cell phone for the inmate so that he could talk to his girlfriend.

Meraz, who has been transferred to the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility in Boscobel, is charged with delivering illegal articles to an inmate. If convicted of the charge, he faces up to 3 years six months in prison and/or fines up to $10,000.



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