On Saturday, August 24 Intel Officers at Haynesville Correctional Center discovered a female visitor had a balloon containing 110 Suboxone strips hidden inside her genitalia.
The visitor, whose name hasn’t been released, admitted that she has been paid to smuggle drugs and has made successful passes on previous visits.
She was not arrested on-site. Prison officials didn’t cancel visitation or lock down the prisoners. However, the Virginia Department of Corrections Drug Task Force is currently conducting an investigation and charges are pending, confirmed Gregory Carter, deputy director of communications for VA DOC.
Suboxone strips are thin pieces of film containing buprenorphine, a schedule III controlled drug used to help treat opioid addiction. According to the National Institute of Health, use can lead to addiction, overdose and death.
In June, eight Haynesville inmates were hospitalized due to suspected overdose. One of those individuals died. Due to the ongoing investigation, Carter declined to say whether Suboxone strips played a role in those incidents or whether authorities have previously found the drug at the facility.