Police: Man smuggled drugs into jail


A Seymour man faces additional charges after jail staff discovered he smuggled drugs into the jail Thursday morning, police report.

Joshua Edward Riley, 22, was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on a theft charge at 8:48 p.m. Wednesday before staff received information he was in the possession of drugs around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Jail commander Charlie Murphy and Sgt. Josh Clark went to Riley’s cell and discovered a bag containing a gram of methamphetamine.

An investigation into the incident that included interviews with Riley, other inmates and surveillance video revealed Riley swallowed the bag of drugs prior to his arrest. He passed the drugs after being booked into his cell.

During a phone visit with his girlfriend, Riley discussed having the drugs, and his girlfriend told him to flush them before he got caught, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.

Jail officials suspect he used part of the methamphetamine before it was discovered.

Police requested a charge of trafficking to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. That’s a Level 5 felony that carries a sentence of one to six years if convicted.

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