COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Collier County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 50-year-old nurse at the Naples Jail Center on Thursday, who is accused of smuggling contraband into an inmate. Deputies say Vincent Muzii claimed to have given the inmate antacids, but they found prescription drugs in her possession instead.
Officers searched the inmate-in-question's belongings and found three small manilla envelopes and a note concealed inside of a deodorant tube. The note read, "If you need me for anything, you can call me after 1:00 p.m.," followed by a telephone number. The envelopes contained pills later identified as Catapres, a blood pressure medicine, and Vistaril, an anxiety drug.
The inmate was questioned and said she was friends with Muzii. She told investigators she had met him during a previous incarceration at the Naples Jail. They also allegedly met for drinks outside of jail, and had a sexual relationship in the past.
Officers met with a registered nurse on staff, who reviewed the inmate's records and found that she was not prescribed the medications she had in her possession.
Investigators confronted Muzii, who became visibly nervous and started shaking. He allegedly admitted to passing the inmate the note on Wednesday, but denied giving her any medication. He later changed his statement and told officers he had put Tums in the envelopes.