Crime & Courts

Wasilla woman and Palmer inmate charged with trying to smuggle drugs into prison

A Wasilla woman and an inmate at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility were charged last week with trying to smuggle drugs into the Palmer prison, said a statement Thursday from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Alaska.

The smuggling attempt happened in February 2017, the statement said.

Olivia Blake, 27, was dating inmate Joshua Reed, 30, at the time, said Chloe Martin, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

On the morning Reed was set for trial in a state criminal case, Blake tried to pass him drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin and buprenorphine — one of the narcotic drugs in the opioid treatment drug called Suboxone, the statement said. Blake did so at Reed's direction, it said.

According to court records, Reed was convicted in 2017 of promoting contraband, a charge he pleaded guilty to.

The statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office and public court documents did not include details about where and how Blake attempted to pass Reed the drugs last year. They also did not say how the two were caught.

Martin said she could not provide that information Thursday.


Reed has been charged with attempt to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and attempt to possess contraband in prison. Blake was charged with distribution of a controlled substance and attempt to provide contraband in prison.

Attorneys for Reed and Blake declined to comment on the charges.

Tegan Hanlon

Tegan Hanlon was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News between 2013 and 2019. She now reports for Alaska Public Media.