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Cook smuggled items into Erie County jail

Emil Whitis • Feb 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Mildred Hensley, 59, of Sandusky, was charged with illegal conveyance of contraband into a detention facility and illegal conveyance of deadly weapons into a detention facility. 

An anonymous caller told Erie County deputies Hensely had smuggled a 2 liter of Sprite, spiked with Tanqueray gin, to inmates on Super Bowl Sunday. 

When deputies started to ask around, inmates told them that wasn't all Hensley was allegedly up to. Other contraband included various banned food items, smokeless tobacco, electric hair clippers and a pair of scissors. 

It was the scissors that earned Hensley conveyance of deadly weapons charge, which is a felony. 

When deputies sat her down for an interview Wednesday, she admitted to it all. 

"She told me she made a mistake but didn't say what her motivation was," Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said. "She said she wasn't getting paid."

Hensley said it all started about four months ago with a single can of tobacco. 

"We take all of this very seriously," Oliver said. "Once she's compromised, who knows what they could have got her to bring in." 

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said he was disappointed. 

"We all knew her," Sigsworth said. "She's endangered the safety and security of the facility." 

Sigsworth said he'd do everything he could to make sure it never happens again. 

Hensley was an employee of Aramark, which has a contract with the sheriff's office to provide food service at the jail. 

She remains in the Erie County jail without bond.

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