On December 8, Washington Parish Jail Warden Jim Miller, intercepted a greeting card mailed from a parish address to a jail inmate. Close inspection of the card revealed two strips of Suboxone, a narcotic, fastened to the inside flap of the envelope. The name of the sender and the return address were printed on the outside of the envelope.
Warden Miller and Sgt. Anthony Stubbs went to the Highway 439 address listed on the envelope and talked to Regina Carol Wheat, 45, the person who mailed the card to the inmate. During the conversation, Wheat admitted to mailing the greeting card and the Suboxone to the inmate.
Wheat was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Attempted Introduction of Contraband. She was released on December 11 after posting a $2,500 bond.
Suboxone is a habit-forming narcotic which is used to treat opiate addiction. It is distributed in sublingual strips. The misuse of Suboxone can cause addiction, overdose or death, especially in a person using it without a prescription.
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “Warden Miller and his staff inspect each piece of mail which comes into the jail. In this case, they were right on target in identifying and intercepting the narcotic. I congratulate them on a job well done. Let this be a lesson to those who might attempt to get narcotics or other illegal items to a jail inmate. If you want to be a part of the inmate population, then let us catch you trying to smuggle contraband into the jail. We will arrest you and charge you according to Louisiana law.”