Jonathan Hutchinson MCSO/File Photo
KINGMAN — An investigation involving five possible drug overdoses at the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility has revealed an inmate allegedly smuggled drugs into the jail in a body cavity.
The investigation, led by the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team, showed that inmate Jonathan Hutchinson, 24, of Parker, had allegedly smuggled about 30 counterfeit hydrocodone pills and an unknown amount of methamphetamine into the facility.
A small amount of the substance was located inside a housing unit in possession of inmates Michael Pauly, 29, of Mesquite, Nev., and Anthony Colella, 52, of Lake Havasu City.
The substance was sent to the Arizona Department of Public Safety crime lab and a scientific examination confirmed fentanyl was used to create the hydrocodone pills. Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous synthetic opioid, with the potential to be hundreds, even thousands of times stronger than heroin.
Synthetic opioids are a class of drugs that are designed to provide pain relief, mimicking naturally occurring opioids such as codeine and morphine. They tend to be highly potent, only a small amount of the drug is required to produce a given effect.
The case will be forwarded to the Mohave County Attorney’s office for charges on Hutchinson, Pauly and Colella in regards to introducing and possessing prison contraband.
Detention facility staff responded to five possible drug overdoses in an all-male housing unit of the facility about 7 p.m. April 16. The inmates were given doses of Narcan, a drug commonly used to reverse the effects of an opioid drug overdose, and transferred to Kingman Regional Medical Center.
Kingman Fire Department and River Medical Ambulance responded to the jail and assisted with the medical emergency. One inmate required the use of an Automated External Defibrillator as jail staff administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation .
Four inmates were later discharged back to the adult detention facility. The fifth inmate was admitted to KRMC and later discharged to the facility.
Mohave County Sheriff’s Office deputies originally arrested Hutchinson April 11 for shoplifting, trafficking in stolen property, fraudulent schemes, taking the identity of another and resisting arrest, all felonies. He also was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing in the second degree.