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Nurse allegedly snuck heroin to Jackson County jail inmate

 Posted: 10:35 AM October 23, 2013

A nurse who worked for contractor ConMed is being held at the Jackson County Jail on charges she snuck heroin to an inmate, sheriff's officials say.

Camilla Lynn Pierce, 45, remains incarcerated on charges of unlawful delivery and possession of heroin and supplying contraband, records show. Her bail is set at $50,000.

A probable cause affidavit alleges Pierce was part of a transaction on Monday that involved inmate Andrew Caucutt and a woman named Jade Renee Powell. Caucutt, who resided in cell No. 221 at the time of the sale, set up a meeting between Pierce and Powell, 26, who gave Pierce two envelopes, one with a "gumball sized" piece of heroin, the other with $500, according to the affidavit. Pierce kept the cash and delivered the drugs to Caucutt, the affidavit states.

"(Pierce) was not a jail employee or a county employee, for that matter," said sheriff's spokesperson Andrea Carlson.

Police from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Task Force interviewed Pierce, who admitted to the transaction before her arrest, the affidavit states.

Powell is being held in the jail on charges of unlawful delivery of heroin, supplying contraband, and a parole violation stemming from past unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Caucutt is held on a federal hold and possession of heroin and contraband charges. Both their bails are also set at $50,000.

MADGE officials were not immediately available for comment.
— Ryan Pfeil

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