Washington C.H. woman indicted for allegedly smuggling in drugs that caused seven jail overdoses


A Washington C.H. woman has been indicted by a Fayette County grand jury for her alleged role in seven drug overdoses that occurred in the Fayette County Jail on April 10.

Amanda E. Monroe, 26, is charged with corrupting another with drugs, illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility, and tampering with evidence, all felony offenses.

At approximately 12:15 a.m. April 10, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office contacted EMS personnel to respond to the jail for a female inmate who was suffering from an overdose, said Sheriff Vernon Stanforth. Prior to the arrival of EMS, jail deputies administered naloxone to the inmate. Naloxone, sold under the brand name of Narcan, is a medication that blocks or reverses the effects of opioids.

Over the next hour, six more female inmates within the same housing unit all experienced signs of overdose. All seven were transported from the jail to Fayette County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Their conditions did not appear to be life-threatening, according to Stanforth.

All of the inmates treated at the hospital were later released and returned to the county jail.

Following an investigation which included interviews of several inmates and a jail video review, it’s alleged that Monroe had concealed narcotics in a body orifice prior to her booking in the jail, according to Stanforth. Monroe allegedly gave other inmates in the jail cell some of her drugs during the early morning hours April 10. Shortly after, the overdoses began, said Stanforth.

Monroe is being held in the jail on a $50,000 bond.


By Ryan Carter

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