Drug smuggled into Butler County Jail, sheriff says

Posted at 6:37 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-03 07:04:22-05

HAMILTON, Ohio -- Disguised as small strips on envelopes, the drug Suboxone has been snuck in to inmates at the Butler County Jail, according to Sheriff Richard Jones.

"What scares me the most is the attempts that we don't know about," Jones said. "As we’re talking about it, they're probably working on it."

Jones first found out about this happening a few weeks ago.

"They put them on stamps, behind the stamps. They'll put it where you lick the envelope or where you seal the envelope," Jones said.

Suboxone is a drug to help users combat withdrawal symptoms. But for anyone who doesn't need the drug, it can be a way to get high. It can be made into a thin strip form, which can be hard to detect, according to Jones.

"These people in jail and in prisons are very talented at breaking the law and violating things and doing things that they shouldn't, but they figure it out pretty quick, the we got to readjust as they readjust," Jones said.

Now his staff has caught on.

"We do have cameras in certain areas now, so we watch people, so when they come to drop it off , so we see who you are," Jones said.

Jones said he couldn't share everything they're doing to stop the drug from coming in, but said they're taking every precaution to keep it out.