Sheriff's deputies got an unusual phone call from jail officials after a Perry County meth bust in which two suspects were arrested. They said one of them tried to hide drugs inside of her body cavity.
Perry County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Eversole said they are investigating a possible connection between these suspects and two people in the county who overdosed on the drug in the past month. Now one of those suspects has been accused of trying to bring the drug into the jail.
Deputies said after recent overdose deaths, they got a call that led them to an alleged meth lab on Big Willard Road.
“This situation was a tip that we received from an earlier death investigation, some of the people's family that had talked to the coroner's office who in turn contacted us,” said Eversole.
After searching the home, deputies said they located what they were told was there.
“We did find some illegal drugs inside of the residence and they had enough items to charge them with manufacturing and they were recently cooking in the residence,” said Eversole.
Deputies found a burn pile in the back yard with cans, bottles and light bulbs.
“This is how they are destroying some of the evidence they are using to cook it with,” said Eversole.
Julie Ann Marie Davidson, 35, along with Nick Caldwell, 33, were arrested and charged with possession of pre cursors and manufacturing meth.
Police said when they thought that it was all over they were actually called by deputy jailers who told them that one of the suspects had brought some drugs into the facility. They said she did have a hiding place for them.
“Upon the strip search, the female deputies at the jail discovered a pill bottle in her female area,” said Kentucky River Regional Jail Deputy Jailer Damon Hickman.
“She removed it herself.”
Once they searched the bottle they found two baggies of white powder and about 10 what “seemed to be marijuana seeds.”
Officials said they believed the white powder to be methamphetamine, but it would have to be taken to the lab for testing.
Deputies said Davidson was also charged with promoting contraband, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
“She did have the opportunity to tell the officers she had something on her and failed to do so and that is the resulting charge,” said Deputy Elmer Fugate.
Fugate and Eversole said both could face even more charges.
“If we can link these subjects that were arrested today with the fatality that happened about a month ago... if we can link it together, these subjects will be facing murder charges,” said Eversole.
“We will have to get with the Commonwealth’s Attorney to determine that.”
Davidson and Caldwell are being held at the Kentucky River Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash bond each.
Both are expected to be arraigned in Perry County District Court on Monday, July 9.