Patrol Tips Off Woman Suspected In Drug Deal At Governor's Mansion

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10 Investigates' Paul Aker confirmed on Tuesday that the Ohio State Highway Patrol was prepared to break up a drug deal involving inmates working at the Governor's Mansion, but a sting operation to nab the parties involved never transpired.

Instead, a day before the operation was to take place, an officer informed a woman involved in the plot that she was under investigation, Aker reported.

According to sources, prison officials learned that an inmate who was working at the residence as part of an honor program arranged to have a woman drop off drugs.  The patrol then put a plan in place to arrest the woman in the act.

But at the last minute, the patrol instead opted on a crime prevention strategy.  A source close to the investigation said authorities contacted the woman just before the drug transaction was to take place, Aker reported.

The patrol informed the woman that if she went through with the plan that she would be arrested.

A patrol spokeswoman said Tuesday that Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor was involved in the decision, along with other agencies, Aker reported.

The spokeswoman said the patrol considered all circumstances and believed that preventing the crime would be the safest for everyone involved.

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