FORKS — The last of four people involved in a drug smuggling operation in 2021 at the minimum-security Olympic Corrections Center in Forks has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges, according to the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team.
Dongelique Spillers, 39, of Bellevue pleaded guilty Feb. 24 to one count of second-degree attempt to introduce contraband, according to the press release. She was sentenced to credit for time served at the Olympic Corrections Center, where she was being held on unrelated charges, and required to pursue drug treatment.
The arrests and convictions were a result of a joint investigation by OPNET and the state Department of Corrections.
It began in December 2021 after multiple inmates exhibited signs of being under the influence of drugs. Investigators with the state Department of Corrections (DOC) Investigations and Intelligence Unit (I&I) immediately began investigating and contacted OPNET for assistance.
Investigators said that an inmate, Luis N. Reyes, 24, of University Place had arranged on two occasions with his sister, Patricia Lemus-Camacho, 39, of SeaTac for her to drive to the prison and throw a package of illegal drugs over the fence.
Then on the morning of Dec. 16, 2021, OPNET and DOC I&I agents found Lemus-Camacho’s vehicle stuck in a ditch about a half-mile from the prison. DOC staff members and a Jefferson County deputy contacted Spillers, who said she had dropped off a man in the area of the prison.
Investigators said that the two had driven to the prison, where Fernando Andres Reyes-Maravilla, 28, no hometown available — another brother of Lemus-Camacho — had gotten out of the vehicle. Lemus-Camacho was supposed to turn around and pick him up, but her vehicle became stuck in the ditch.
DOC staff said they located Reyes-Maravilla in the woods outside the prison. Then DOC I&I staff said they recovered a package within the prison that contained 37 Suboxone strips, an estimated one-quarter ounce of suspected heroin, an estimated one-half ounce of suspected methamphetamine and tobacco. The total package had an estimated street value of $1,600 at the time.
The other three involved in the operation already have been convicted and sentenced.
• Reyes-Maravilla pleaded guilty on Feb. 18, 2022, in Jefferson County Superior Court to one count of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin, meth and Suboxone) and was sentenced to a residential drug offender sentencing alternative with 24 months of supervision and in-patient treatment.
• Lemus-Camacho pleaded guilty on May 6, 2022 in Jefferson County Superior Court to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of attempted delivery of a controlled substance. She was sentenced as a first-time felony offender and placed on 12 months of DOC supervision with in-patient treatment.
• After a weeklong trial in December 2022, Reyes was found guilty of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin, methamphetamine and Suboxone), second-degree introducing contraband and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (heroin, methamphetamine and Suboxone).
Reyes was sentenced on Jan. 13, 2023, to 90 months in prison, which will be followed by 12 months of DOC supervision. That sentence began at the end of January, which marks the end of his original prison sentence.
Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached at Brian.Gawley@ sound publishing.com.