Inmates accused of smuggling Suboxone into jail

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Four people are accused of trying to smuggle drugs into the Harlan County Detention Center through their underwear.

Jail officers say they found Suboxone strips glued onto the tags of underwear.

Investigators say an inmate's girlfriend brought the underwear to the jail for him.

The woman, Larissa Jones, and her boyfriend Daniel Bustle are charged with promoting contraband. Investigators say another man, Deryan Caldwell, prepared the Suboxone strips in the underwear. He and his wife, Stephanie Caldwell, are also charged with promoting contraband.

"All because they made a foolish decision thinking this would be something simple to do, but everything that seems simple has a consequence," said Sgt. Derrick Moore of the Harlan County Detention Center.

"It's something that's serious and we need to take care of as quickly as possible," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jason Jackson.

Jailers say they have other cases of Suboxone smuggling in the jail.

They say inmates are trying to deal it in the jail, trading it for commissary items. Sgt. Moore says Suboxone strips have a street value of $75 to inmates in the jail.

All corrections officers at the Harlan County Detention Center are monitoring for Suboxone coming into the jail.

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