Melissa Ann Blair, 46, used to love to kiss her incarcerated boyfriend, Anthony Powell, 41, when she visited him at the Oregon State Penitentiary. For years, when the two saw each other during the allowed visitation sessions, they would kiss and embrace like a couple of high school sweethearts. Passionate, sweet kisses, showing that not even prison could keep true love from blooming. That is, until, one day when Blair visited Powell in 2016. She came to see him, they kissed, and a few hours later, Powell was dead. The story becomes far less romantic when the cause of Powell's death was revealed.
Melissa Ann Blair. This is Melissa Ann Blair. She had been smuggling drugs into the Oregon State Penitentiary along with her boyfriend, Anthony Powell, an inmate. During visitations, Blair and Powell would kiss. As they kissed, Blair was secretly passing tiny balloons of meth into Powell's mouth, and he was swallowing them.
Ingestion. After Powell swallowed the meth balloons, they would eventually make their way through his digestive system with the balloons intact. The meth could then be distributed and sold within the prison. Blair and Powell had reportedly been successfully smuggling meth into the prison this way for quite some time.
Something went wrong. During Blair's final visit with Powell in 2016, she slipped him seven meth balloons. A few hours later, Powell would be dead. It was later determined that two of the balloons ruptured inside his stomach. He died of methamphetamine toxicity.