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Federal Prison Inmate Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Obtain Contraband

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – An inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution (“FCI”) in Sandstone has pleaded guilty to attempting to obtain contraband in prison, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger. 

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and court documents, on two separate dates in February and March 2022, Nickolas William Mihelic, 39, an inmate at FCI Sandstone, attempted to obtain methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. In order to bypass security protocols, Mihelic conspired with an unindicted co-conspirator to mail pieces of paper to him at FCI Sandstone that were saturated with liquid methamphetamine. When the methamphetamine-saturated papers arrived at FCI Sandstone, Bureau of Prisons officials seized the contraband.

Mihelic pleaded guilty on September 26, 2022, before U.S. District Judge Nancy E. Brasel to two counts of attempting to obtain contraband in prison. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by Federal Bureau of Prisons and the FBI.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Hillary A. Taylor is prosecuting the case.

Updated September 28, 2022