Local woman inmate alleged to have smuggled drugs into jail via her body Print
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:54


A July 17 tip from a concerned citizen to Austin Police Chief Robert Gudgel led to recovery of a variety of narcotic drugs from the body of a female inmate at the Scott County Security Center.

Amanda L. Barrett, 26, Austin, was taken into custody on July 11 for failing to appear for a court hearing on a 2015 case involving counterfeiting. She had been awaiting trial after posting $3,000 bail in December, 2015. That case is now scheduled for a jury trial on September 12.

Chief Gudgel received a tip six days later that Barrett had supposedly secreted narcotic drugs on her person prior to being taken to jail. A female jail supervisor was given that information by Deputy Rex Herald. A short time later, Deputy Herald was advised the tip proved to be true.

Items processed as evidence in the case included Suboxone, a Schedule 3 controlled pain killer; Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone bitartrate, a Schedule 2 controlled substance; Carisoprodol, a Schedule 4 controlled substance; a prescription drug known as Buspirone Hydrochloride; and a small baggie of heroin.

Barrett was charged in Scott Superior Court with three Level 6 felony counts of possession of a narcotic drug; a Level 6 felony count of possession of a legend (prescription) drug and three misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a Schedule 1-4 controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.

On her preliminary plea of not guilty, Barrett was assigned the services of a public defender and an initial trial date of October 18. Her bail was set at $30,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,000 cash by Senior Judge Steven Fleece.