Posted: May 3, 2013 7:03 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
HELENA - Joseph Razo will stand trial for allegedly trying to ship a Montana State Prison inmate herbal incense in Ritz Cracker boxes.
Razo pleaded not guilty to felony charges of conspiracy.
Razo was arrested March 1 while in possession of the boxes containing packages of herbal incense with an approximate value of $1,700.
According to court documents, MT Department of Corrections investigators recorded phone conversations and tracked letters by inmates asking to buy the so called "intoxicants."
The documents state that 600 packages or nearly 900 grams were crammed into the boxes for delivery.
Phone conversations by inmate Jared Rosling and his brother Jon referred to the plan in coded messages.
The investigation revealed the plans were ongoing from the middle of January until the first of March when Razo received the boxes in a grocery bag at a casino parking lot.
Razo later told investigators they were for his personal use.
While the herbal products aren't considered a drug, they are prohibited by Montana State Prison.
It was stated that inmates like to use the herbal incense because there is no urinalysis that will determine when an inmate has used it.
Jon Rosling was promised amnesty for cooperating with authorities.
Razo faces the felony charges for conspiracy to transfer illegal articles into Montana State Prison.
His trial date was set for July 29th in front of Helena District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock.
Razo is currently out on bond.