Murder suspect charged with smuggling opioid treatment drug into jail
One of two brothers charged in a homicide in which police found a body in a refrigerator in an east Medford apartment faces a new felony charge accusing him of attempting to smuggle into jail a controlled substance often used in addiction treatment.
Dylan Suede McLeod, 23, is charged with supplying contraband, alleging that he arranged for his sister and her boyfriend to smuggle four suboxone sublingual strips through the mail by concealing them in a greeting card, according to filings in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Suboxone is a sublingual medication that combines the opiate antidote naloxone with the synthetic opioid buprenorphine.
During a routine inspection of incoming mail, Jackson County Jail staff allegedly found the card, which tested positive for the presence of opioids, according to an affidavit filed by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Police allege that McLeod’s sister addressed the card with a false name following months of planning. McLeod’s sister and her boyfriend were recorded discussing the scheme during jail phone and video visits June 16, July 31 and Aug. 1, according to the affidavit.
Suboxone is prescribed for addicts on managed treatment plans that include health care provider-managed doses of buprenorphine combined with counseling and behavioral therapy, according to the drug’s manufacturer Indivior.
It’s classified as a Schedule III controlled substance. Under Oregon law, unauthorized possession is a Class A misdemeanor.
Indivior warns users with suboxone prescriptions not to share the medication because “they could die from taking it.”
“Never give anyone else your Suboxone Sublingual Film,” the website states. “They could die from taking it. Selling or giving away suboxone ... is against the law.”
McLeod has been in the Jackson County Jail since Sept. 25, when Medford police arrested him for second-degree murder, second-degree abuse of a corpse, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree robbery and tampering with evidence for his alleged role in the bludgeoning death of 24-year-old Aaron Stitt.
McLeod, his brother Austin Michael McLeod and suspect Brycen Dennis Scofield each face murder and robbery charges in Stitt’s death. The charges accuse the men of inviting Stitt to Scofield’s apartment with the intent of robbing him.
According to an affidavit filed by Medford police in the case, police found Stitt’s body “inside of a closed refrigerator” at an apartment in the 800 block of Royal Avenue.
Medical examiners believe Stitt was struck with a weapon similar to a hammer based on skull fractures, according to an earlier news report.
Scofield has a two-week murder trial set for Oct. 18. Dylan McLeod is scheduled to stand trial on the murder charge starting Feb. 23, and Austin McLeod has a two-week trial scheduled for May 8.
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