Three inmates at the Madison County jail were treated for suspected opioid overdoses Wednesday afternoon.
The inmates, three women who were detained in a temporary holding cell, were lethargic, and deputies noticed around 2:15 p.m. that they might be overdosing. The inmates were then taken to an area hospital, according to a news release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
After treatment, they were brought back to the jail, where they were still held Thursday morning on their original charges, which were not related to opioids.
Interviewing all inmates who were in the holding cell at the time, investigators determined that one of the inmates — the release did not say whether it was one of the three who were taken to the hospital — had likely smuggled them in a body cavity, according to the release.
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The Sheriff’s Office reported that the drugs were not disseminated through the general population of the jail.
Later police reported that Michelle Bushue, 25, of St. Louis, has been charged with a felony count of bringing contraband into a penal institution and four felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance. Bushue was in the holding cell at the time of the incident, according to police, and was identified as the person of interest in the investigation.
Bushue had originally been arrested on Wednesday morning in St. Clair County on an outstanding warrant. She had been in the cell with the other women for about 45 minutes when the incident took place.
Madison County Circuit Judge Neil Schroeder set Bushue’s bail at $150,000.
A representative of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office was not immediately available for additional comment.