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Henderson Co. Jailer Charged with Trafficking Drugs into Jail

The Henderson Co. Sheriff indicates more jail employees are suspected of similar crimes and the investigation is ongoing.

Posted: Jul 12, 2021 11:21 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2021 5:10 PM

A Henderson County Detention Center Jailer is accused of trafficking drugs into the facility, according to the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

Following an investigation by the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force and the HCDC staff, Deputy Jailer Jason Evans, 47, was charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance.

According to documents, Evans was approached by an inmate, Colby Pruitt, about making some extra cash. Evans was given a phone number and told to call "his guy." If Evans delivered a package of meth and tobacco into the HCDC, he would be paid $200.

Official documents also indicate, Evans met with the guy on the outside and picked up a package, along with $100.

Investigators intercepted the package before Evans could deliver it to the inmate. It contained 10 grams of meth wrapped inside the tobacco.

“Of course, it’s never something you want to see that one of your own has turned corrupt or desperate or whatever reason makes people want to do these things, but it’s our job to make sure that the inmates are safe and the staff attention safe, so we had to do what we had to do to be able to take care of it," said Captain Megan McElfresh, chief of the inmate service branch for the Henderson County Detention Center.

Detectives and Jail Investigators then set up a monitored and controlled delivery of the drugs. They had Evans place the drugs in a bathroom stall as planned. They then observed the inmate, Pruitt, retrieving the package. The inmate was then searched by jail staff.

Evans, Pruitt, and their accomplice on the outside, Charles Stewart are being charged with trafficking drugs. Pruitt and Stewart are also being started with two counts of Promoting Contraband.

All three are in isolation in the HCDC on No Bond.

According to the Henderson County Sheriff, the investigation is ongoing. They believe more inmates and suspected jail employees are moving drugs into the facility.

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