A nurse who worked for contractor ConMed was arrested this week on charges she supplied heroin to an inmate, sheriff's officials said.
Camilla Lynn Pierce, 45, of Eagle Point, was jailed on charges of unlawful delivery and possession of heroin and supplying contraband, records show. Her bail was set at $50,000.
Officials at the Jackson County District Attorney's Office said Pierce was arraigned on her charges Tuesday and that the case will go before a grand jury today. Jail records showed that she posted bail and was released Wednesday.
A probable cause affidavit alleged Pierce was part of a transaction Monday that involved 25-year-old inmate Andrew Caucutt, of Central Point, and a woman named Jade Renee Powell, 26, of Medford.
Officials with the DA's office said Corey Matthew Blakey, 24, also was arrested in connection with the case, but investigators have not yet disclosed details of his involvement.
Caucutt, who resided in cell No. 221 at the time of the sale, allegedly set up a meeting between Pierce and Powell, who gave Pierce two envelopes, one with a "gumball-sized" piece of heroin and the other with $500, according to the affidavit. Pierce kept the cash and delivered the drugs to Caucutt, the affidavit stated.
"(Pierce) was not a jail employee or a county employee, for that matter," said sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson.
Police from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Task Force said they interviewed Pierce, who admitted to the transaction before her arrest, the affidavit stated.
Powell is being held in the jail on charges of unlawful delivery of heroin, supplying contraband, and a parole violation stemming from unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Caucutt is held on a federal hold and possession of heroin and contraband charges. The bail for each was set at $50,000.
Jail records show Blakey was charged with unlawful delivery of heroin and supplying contraband. He originally was lodged in the jail Oct. 3 on drug-related charges.
The relationship between Powell, Blakey and Caucutt is not known, nor whether Powell was an inmate at the time of the transaction. Court records show Powell's criminal history in Jackson County includes convictions for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and possession of heroin.
Records show Caucutt has been convicted of eluding police, unauthorized use of a vehicle, second-degree theft and felon in possession of a firearm. In November 2012, he turned himself in to police three days after he reportedly fired a shot at a Central Point home on Truax Road before speeding away in a BMW.
Sheriff Mike Winters said the Jackson County Sheriff's Department is in the process of reviewing policies and procedures of contract employees who work at the jail.
"People who enter the jail are probably going to have some added constraints," Winters said. "We have tight policies and constraints now, but we're going to review everything again."
Winters added he doesn't know what motivated Pierce's alleged actions.
"I don't know what drives people to throw away their careers and their family and everything," he said, adding Pierce will likely not work in a correctional facility again if convicted. "She has really cost herself dearly."
ConMed's code of conduct, available online, outlines specific policies for employee-inmate relations, saying employees shall not fraternize with inmates or "transact any business or have any dealings which are significant, substantial or illegal."
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