A Kentucky inmate died from an overdose after he allegedly ate methadone-soaked underwear.
Corey McQueary, 33, was found unresponsive in his cell at Jessamine County Detention Center in Nicholasville, Kentucky, reports WKYT . He was pronounced dead later in the day.
According to authorities, McQueary’s cellmate, Michael Jones, 55, was let out of jail on a court-ordered furlough to attend a funeral. He reportedly returned with drug-laced underwear, which security did not detect.
“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 officer 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 methadone-soaked briefs and shared them with his fellow inmates, including McQueary, reports the Daily Mail.
Police suspect McQueary died of an opiate overdose, but an autopsy report has not been released.
Jones, who was in jail for a DUI charge, is now facing murder charges, reports WKYT. He has also been charged with promoting contraband and possession of a controlled substance.