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Kentucky Inmate's Underwear Kills Cellmate

Updated: Tuesday, August 26 2014, 04:51 PM CDT
JESSAMINE COUNTY, KY (CNN/WKYT)-- Police in Jessamine County, Kentucky have charged an inmate with the drug related death of a cellmate.

Officials say he found an unusual way to smuggle drugs into the detention center.

Police say Corey McQueary died on August 21 after deputies found him unresponsive at the Jessamine County Detention Center.

The Jessamine County Coroner is still investigating McQueary's cause of death, but an arrest citation for one of his cellmate's may shed some light.

Kentucky State Police have charged Michael Jones with murder. The jailer said Jones was in jail for a DUI charge, but had been oun on a court-ordered furlough.

According to the citation, police say Jones brought a pair of underwear soaked in methadone back into the jail, then gave pieces of the underwear to his cellmates.

Police say that action led to the death of Corey McQueary. The jailer, Jon Sallee, said they do search the inmates when they come back into the jail.  "When somebody comes in the facility either from a furlough or any other occurrence, they're searched, their clothing's searched, strip searched, any other kind of search that we feel is necessary."

Sallee said searching for something like liquid methadone would be difficult.  "If something is in their garment and it's colorless, odorless, it would be very difficult, almost impossible to detect from the naked eye."Kentucky Inmate's Underwear Kills Cellmate


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