Drug charge added to theft

Tribune staff reports

A 23-year-old woman was arrested Saturday after police said she brought hydrocodone into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

During a search of April Ent of Seymour, which is part of the booking process, police found the painkiller, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Ent had been brought to the jail by Seymour Officer Mathew Carver after she was arrested on a theft charge at Walmart Supercenter in Seymour.

After the discovery of the drug by jail Officer Danielle Shuler, additional charges were requested against Ent.

Those charges include possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; violation of the Legend Drug Act, a Level 6 felony; and trafficking with an inmate, a Level 5 felony.

Jail Commander Charlie Murphy said officers always ask people being booked into the jail to identify anything they are carrying. If a person doesn’t tell the officer about drugs they might have, they can be charged with trafficking.

Murphy said it happens about once a month.

He said police do not know if people bringing drugs into the jail plan to use it themselves or give or sell it to another inmate, but it’s still the same charge.

Ent was booked into the jail at 7:31 p.m. Saturday and was being held without bond pending her initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.

Jail Sgt. Clint Burcham is investigating the case.