Two Penobscot County Jail inmates have been charged with felonies. The charges came as a result of an investigation that was triggered after 3 female inmates overdosed at the Penobscot County Jail last month.
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According to the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office, authorities started looking into how the inmates came to obtain drugs inside the facility.
"Information was developed that a female inmate had smuggled a large amount of dangerous drugs into the facility, inside their body cavity. Additional information was developed indicating other inmates may now have some of the remaining drugs.
Correctional staff were able to locate a container of suspected drugs, and Detectives conducted presumptive testing on the items. Detectives determined that the inmate had over 18 grams of Fentanyl in her possession."
Here's a picture of the container they found.
Charged in connection with the drug smuggling case were two female inmates from Maine; Karen Jordan, 30 years old, of Springfield, and Heather Carlow, 39 years old, of Portland.
Members of the Bangor Police Department, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office worked together with a K-9 Unit from Bangor PD to conduct the investigation.
The Penobscot Sheriff's office went on to reinforce the danger that the amount of Fentanyl posed to other inmates along with the correctional officers, staff at the jail, and anyone else who might have come into contact with the substance including outside vendors or visitors. The drugs also jeopardized the sobriety of inmates who are trying to stay sober in jail.
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