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BENTON — A federal inmate pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring with a nurse and others to bring Suboxone into the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion. 

As part of his guilty plea, Steven W. Snook, 42, admitted entering into the illicit enterprise with Jenny Martin, 36, of Tilton, Illinois, to provide Suboxone strips to inmates, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. 

Suboxone is a drug that is used to ease symptoms of addiction and withdrawal. It is often prescribed to people detoxing from heroin or pain pills. Used correctly, it does not create a high feeling in users. 

Martin, a licensed practical nurse, acquired the Suboxone strips illegally for $20 each and mailed them under the alias "Rachel Hall" to other inmates recruited by Snook between October 2016 and May 2017. Snook taught Martin how to conceal the strips under the glued bottom flaps of envelopes, according to the prosecutor's office.  

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Prison officials discovered the plot in April 2017; around that time, they intercepted two pieces of mail with Suboxone strips hidden inside. The U.S. attorney claimed the two were working together "as a way to make money." A subsequent investigation revealed multiple wire transfers that Martin had received from Snook and others as payment for the Suboxone she provided, the news release said.

Martin previously pleaded guilty for her role in the conspiracy. Her sentencing date is scheduled for Aug. 27. Snook's sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 16. He faces up to five years, and up to $250,000 in fines, for each count. 

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and Federal Bureau of Prisons. 

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