Man delivered drugs to Butler County Jail for inmate, sheriff says

Posted at 11:27 AM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 18:18:29-04

HAMILTON, Ohio — Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says there’s a stiff penalty for trying to sneak drugs into his jail.

“You won’t get like two days in jail. You’ll probably go to prison,” Jones said.

But the sheriff said that doesn’t stop people from trying.

A Hamilton man tried to pass drugs to an inmate this week and was arrested, Jones said.

Jones said William Tackett, 45, taped prescription medication — he didn't specify what kind — under the sink in the lobby bathroom.

Surveillance video shows Tackett, wearing a cap and T-shirt with Batman insignas, visiting the jail Tuesday night.

The drugs were meant for 38-year-old Anessa Henson, but corrections staff intercepted them, Jones said.

Now Tackett and Henson, who was jailed pending a court appearance in another case, are both charged with felony illegal conveyance.

"He was here to drop those drugs off to somebody that he knew. We’ll see if it was worth it to him,” Jones said.

Jones said it's a common problem.

“Just as you plug one hole up here, another comes here," he said. "Very sophisticated how they do this.

“I’ve been dealing with this for 45 years and you think once you make an arrest it will stop. It’ll never stop. You just have to be vigilant and you have to fight it.”

Jones said high quality surveillance cameras and informants in the jail help reduce the amount of drugs getting into the jail.