Boulder County Sheriff's Office uncovers inmate scheme to get drugs into jail

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Jul. 19—Five people are facing charges after the Boulder County Sheriff's Office said they uncovered an operation to smuggle drugs into the Boulder County Jail by saturating letters and photos with the substances.

According to a release, jail staff received an anonymous tip that methamphetamine was being introduced into the jail by mail, with paper saturated in liquid meth being sent to specific inmates. After the associated inmates were identified, several letters sent to those suspects tested positive for meth.

The Boulder County Drug Task Force, jail deputies, and a sheriff's office K-9 team began working to identify and intercept any paper saturated in illegal narcotics. As a result of the six-month investigation, a total of 109.82 grams of paper saturated with methamphetamine and 137.41 grams of photos saturated with ketamine were seized either coming into the jail or found already in the jail.

Four people were arrested while one person has charges pending for a total of 65 pending felony charges as a result of the investigation. Two were inmates in the jail, Keith Alan Beyer, 33, and Brett Heath Imhof, 25, while Kelley Christine Larkin, 49, and Kelli Rae Lynch, 34, were not in custody but later arrested. A fifth person was identified in a release only as a 36-year-old.

Beyer is charged with eight conspiracy drug felonies, including a Class 1 drug felony, a Class 2 drug felony and six Class 3 drug felonies. He is also facing eight counts of first-degree introduction of contraband and one count of possession.

Imhof is charged with 10 conspiracy drug felonies, including two Class 2 drug felonies and eight Class 3 drug felonies. He is also facing two counts of first-degree introduction of contraband and two counts of second-degree introduction of contraband.

Beyer was in jail on a motor vehicle and parole violation case, while Imhof was in custody on a felony menacing case.

Larkin is charged with 15 drug distribution charges, including a Class 1 drug felony, a Class 2 drug felony and 13 Class 3 drug felonies. She is also facing seven counts of first-degree introduction of contraband.

Lynch is facing one Class 3 drug felony count of distribution and one count of first-degree introduction of contraband.

Imhof is set for a preliminary hearing on July 25, while Larkin is set for Aug. 15 and Beyer is set for Sept. 29. Lynch does not have her next court appearance set at this time, according to online court records.

The unnamed fifth suspect is facing one Class 3 drug felony count of conspiracy to distribute and one count of first-degree introduction of contraband.