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Inmate, wife face charges of trafficking


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A Columbus woman accused of attempting to smuggle drugs to her incarcerated husband in the Bartholomew County Jail is now also behind bars, police said.

Carrie H. Reed, 31, of 1936 Gilmore St. was arrested and charged with attempted dealing in a Schedule III controlled substance, a Class B felony, and attempted trafficking with an inmate, a Class C felony, according to court and jail records.

Identical charges were filed against her husband, Joseph W. Reed, 33, who already was in jail for probation violations.

Corrections officers intercepted a suspicious package that had been sent to Joseph Reed in October, said Chief Deputy Maj. Todd Noblitt of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department. After tipping off narcotics officers, an investigation was launched, Noblitt said.

The initial investigation revealed that Carrie Reed had arranged with her husband to smuggle a semi-synthetic opioid, Suboxone, into the jail through the U.S. Postal Service, Noblitt said.

Suboxone, a brand name for buprenorphine, is used in small doses to control moderate chronic pain and in larger doses to treat opioid addiction, according to the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

But when used for recreational purposes, an overdose can cause respiratory failure resulting in serious injury or death, Noblitt said.

While charges were filed against Carrie Reed on Oct. 18, a probable-cause affidavit and arrest warrant were not filed in Bartholomew Circuit Court until Wednesday. Carrie Reed was taken into custody the next day and booked into the Bartholomew County Jail.

As of Monday afternoon, she was still being held in lieu of $75,000 surety or $7,500 cash bond, jail officials said.

Her husband originally was arrested on a charge of burglarizing the Knights of Columbus, 4440 Middle Road, in May 2007. In July 2008, Joseph Reed was given a suspended six-year prison term, but his probation was revoked two months later after drug tests came back positive for cocaine, methadone and marijuana use, court records stated.

Although he was given another chance to stay out of jail, Joseph Reed’s probation was revoked a second time in June 2011 after drug tests came back positive for methamphetamine, morphine and oxycodone use, court records state.

While Reed was provided a third opportunity at freedom in July, his probation was again revoked Oct. 18.

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