Officers investigating drug smuggling in Bell County Jail

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Police in Bell County are investigating an alleged conspiracy to get drugs to inmates inside the jail.

Jailers say one inmate was caught with drugs in balloons that were in a body cavity!

Jailers say 48 year old Mark Edward Turner came to the jail to serve 14 days for DUI, but officers say he was high when he got there.

"He kept getting higher. He was stumbling around the garage, and we brought him in to search," said Jailer Rex Miller.

Officers say they put him in an observation cell.

"The deputies kept watching him and they went back to check on him, and they found a balloon in the floor. Well, they kept questioning him about it, and when they questioned him about it, he pulled out four more balloons out of a body cavity," said Miller.

Miller says the five balloons hidden in Turner's body cavity contained pills, marijuana, Suboxone, and tobacco.

There was also a letter written by someone else telling inmates, "this is all I could afford right now," and "you can't say I'm not a man of my word."

Officers are still investigating who wrote the letter and supplied the drugs. They are also investigating which inmates planned to receive the drugs.

"It went to a particular cell, so we know what cell it was going to. Like I said, it's being investigated. The funny part, one of the cells kept asking where he was at all day long," said Miller.

Turner is now facing more than 14 days in jail. He is facing five years on promoting contraband charges.

Officers say charges are possible against whoever supplied the drugs and the inmates expected to receive them.

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