Thanks to a joint investigation by the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF) and the Logan County Detention Center, a drug arrest was made in connection with an individual allegedly smuggling drugs into the Logan County Jail.
According to reports on May, 12, the SCKDTF was contacted by Jailer Phil Gregory in reference to a drug investigation. The investigation concluded that inmate, Allen Menkedick, 26, of Mount Olive, Ky. had a visitation with his girlfriend, Laura Asbury, 37, of Germantown, Ky. During that visitation Asbury was able to slip Menkedick some heroin.
“We found a small amount of heroin and began an investigation,” said jailer Phil Gregory. “After we had enough evidence, we contacted the task force who then took over the investigation.
A search of Menkedick’s bunk area was conducted and heroin was found in his personal belongings.
“Chris Bellar of the Russellville Police Department came to the jail with K-9 Jaxx. Officer Bellar and Jaxx visit the jail and have been a great partner in keeping drugs out of the jail,” Gregory said. “I also want to thank the drug task force for being a great partner. They are at the jail on a regular basis.”
Gregory said he did not want to disclose how the detention center discovered the passing of drugs, but did ant to say he and others were cracking down on both illegal substances and contraband inside the jail.
“This is an everyday battle,” said Gregory. “But the security and safety at the jail is number one on the priority list.”
The jailer said a metal detector has been installed at the detention center to better aid in keeping contraband out and keeping the jail safe.
“The metal detector in the front lobby helps a great deal. We actually have had people coming into here with loaded guns,” Gregory said.
Gregory knows it’s frustrating for visitors to have to go through all the safety precautions when visiting the jail, however, he says it’s for their own safety and the safety of the jail.
“I know not every visitor is doing wrong, but we have to protect the inmates, staff and visitors themselves,” Gregory added.
Warrants were obtained for Menkedick and Asbury with charges of possession of controlled substance 1st offense (heroin), promoting contraband 1st degree, drug paraphernalia, and trafficking controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (heroin).
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