Drug Law

Man Charged After His Prison Cellmate Dies From Eating Methadone-Soaked Underwear

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Kentucky inmate allegedly ate methadone-soaked underwear and died from an overdose.

Corey McQueary, 33, was found unresponsive in his cell at Jessamine County Detention Center in Nicholasville on Aug. 21. He was pronounced dead later that day.

Authorities say McQueary’s cellmate Michael Jones, 55, was let out on a court-ordered furlough to attend a funeral and allegedly returned to jail with drug-laced underwear, which were not detected by security.

“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 type of search that we feel is necessary,” prison jailer Jon Sallee told CNN. “If something is in their garment and it's colorless, odorless, it would be very difficult, almost impossible, to detect from the naked eye.”

Police say Jones cut up the briefs and shared them with his fellow inmates, including McQueary. An autopsy report has not been released, but police suspect he died of an opiate overdose.

Jones, who was in jail for a DUI charge, is now facing a murder charge. He was also charged with promoting contraband and possession of a controlled substance.

A preliminary court hearing is scheduled on Sept. 2.

Sources: CNN, Daily Mail, WKYT

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons / Antonio Foncubierta, Mike Moore/Central Kentucky News