Debin Gabbard
Debin Gabbard
Mary Snyder
Mary Snyder

COLUMBUS, Indiana — Two Columbus women have been arrested in the October death of a Bartholomew County Jail inmate, according to police.

An Indiana State Police death investigation began Oct. 7, 2017 when an inmate — Angela Blair, 42, of Elizabethtown — died while in custody at the jail of methamphetamine intoxication.

The state police investigation determined that Debin Paige Gabbard, 27, of Columbus, smuggled methamphetamine into the jail when she was arrested on Oct. 5, 2017, state police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said.

Investigators believe Gabbard gave the drugs to Mary L. Snyder, 19, of Columbus, who then provided methamphetamine to Blair while they were housed together in the jail. Blair collapsed and died soon after obtaining the methamphetamine from Snyder, State Police Detective Christopher Howell said.

Warrants were issued Thursday for both Gabbard and Snyder, Wheeles said. Gabbard still was incarcerated at the Bartholomew County Jail while Snyder had been transferred to Rockville Correctional Facility, where she is serving time on an unrelated charge, Wheeles said.

Gabbard was arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine and trafficking with an inmate, both level 5 felonies; and possession of a narcotic drug and possession of methamphetamine, both level 6 felonies. Snyder was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony.

Angela L. Blair
Angela L. Blair