Henderson jail inmate charged after other inmate’s fentanyl overdose

Henderson jail inmate charged after other inmate’s fentanyl overdose
Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 1:49 PM CST
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Detectives with the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force say they have charged an inmate at the Henderson County Detention Center in connection to the fentanyl overdose of another inmate.

They say 30-year-old Coriyahon Outlaw is charged with trafficking, promoting contraband, tampering with evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Detectives say Outlaw and the other inmate took the drugs Saturday, and just a few minutes later, the other inmate collapsed.

A jail guard and medical staff administered Narcan. Detectives say the inmate is still hospitalized.

They say Outlaw had hidden the fentanyl on his body and brought it into the jail. Detectives say several items used to ingest it were found, and Outlaw had tried to hide some of them after the overdose.

Major Megan McElfresh with the Henderson County Detention Center says these incidents are actually more common this time of year.

“It can be tough for inmates around the holidays,” McElfresh said. “They may be more likely to take something they shouldn’t have, so it’s just important that we’re checking in on the well-being of the inmates. Unfortunately, contraband is always going to make its way in here.”

McElfresh says it can be hard to control contraband in the jail because of new inmates always coming in, but she says a scare like this calls for sharper eyes.

McElfresh says moving forward, the jail will keep a sharper eye for symptoms of detoxing in new inmates and maybe keep some in isolation cells for a longer period of time.

Detectives say the investigation is ongoing, and other charges and arrests could come.

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