A Whitley County Grand Jury indicted 12 people Monday morning in connection with a pair of separate engaging in organized crime schemes that allegedly involved attempts to smuggle drugs into the Whitley County Detention Center over a four-month period.
Would you injure yourself or let someone injure you just so you could get drugs?
According to Williamsburg police, this is what about half a dozen current or former Whitley County Detention Center inmates are accused of conspiring to do, but one inmate got hurt far worse than planned and almost died as a result of his injuries.
Four Whitley County jail inmates, one inmate’s mother and another’s girlfriend are all facing drug trafficking and promoting contraband charges after deputy jailers found an extremely potent form of crystal methamphetamine, which is also known as “ice,” hidden in a package of diabetic medication that was intended for one of the inmates.
The mother and the wife of a Whitley County Detention Center inmate allegedly met a woman at the bottom of the hill in front of the jail earlier this month to pick up pills to be delivered to an inmate at the jail, according to testimony Monday morning from Whitley County Jailer Brian Lawson about an alleged conspiracy to smuggle contraband into the facility.
A total of six people are currently charged in connection with the case, including a minister, who allegedly smuggled the drugs into the jail inside a guitar case during an Aug. 18 worship service.
Williamsburg police say a man, who was ministering to inmates at the Whitley County Detention Center, allegedly smuggled drugs, tobacco and other items Thursday to his son, who is an inmate at the jail.
So far, Williamsburg police have charged a total of six people in connection with the conspiracy that allegedly involved three other family members of the inmate, and say more arrests are possible.