The Richmond Register


March 6, 2014

Heroin found in card sent to jail

RICHMOND — An investigation began Wednesday afternoon at the Madison County Detention Center when a jail employee found heroin in a piece of mail destined for a prisoner.

Maj. Faye Winkle was examining a card addressed to a woman in the jail when the substance was found between the interior and exterior layers, according to Jailer Doug Thomas,

“We search everybody’s mail very thoroughly,” Thomas said

Winkler determined that the backing of the card had been peeled away and the drug was added before the two halves were glued together again, Thomas said. The substance was tested both by the jail and the Madison Sheriff’s Office, and both tests indicated it was heroin.

The jail will be reviewing phone conversations, especially those involving the inmate the card was addressed to, in an effort to discover who it came from, Thomas said. Any suspects identified by the review will be passed to the sheriff’s department, he added.

“We try to do as much as we can here ourselves,” he said of the investigation.

The inmate the card was addressed to has not been charged. Although it was mailed to her, it may have been intended for someone else, Thomas said. He believes phone records will reveal more information. Such incidents are not uncommon and are becoming an increasing problem for jails across the country, jailer added.

“It’s all about trying to get drugs into the jail anymore,” Thomas said.

Seth Littrell can be reached at or 624-6623.

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