MIAMI COUNTY — A Tipp City woman is facing serious charges after she allegedly smuggled heroin capsules into the Miami County Jail, causing another woman to overdose in her cell in the early morning hours on Friday.
Troy medics responded to the downtown jail around 1:45 a.m. Friday on a report of Tonya Moberly, 46, of Dayton, unconscious and not breathing. According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Major Lord, she is currently in stable condition after being hospitalized for the heroin overdose.
According to Major Lord, Danielle Brandyberry, 38, of Troy, was incarcerated for drug possession following a traffic stop by Tipp City Police on Wednesday. Prior to incarceration, Brandyberry was checked for suspected hidden heroin capsules, but officers were unable to detect the drugs hidden inside her body cavity at the time, Lord said.
Following Moberly’s overdose, Brandyberry admitted to smuggling the drugs inside the jail and allegedly flushed them before officials conducted a search. Brandyberry was searched by a medical professional for hidden drugs inside her body cavities. Brandyberry has been charged with tampering with evidence, illegal conveyance of narcotics and drug possession.
Lord said it is common practice for drug addicts to hide drugs inside body cavities prior to traffic stops.
“It’s not frequent, but it is a problem that plagues all jails,” Lord said. Jail officials conduct “shake-downs” to find hidden contraband and inmates are questioned at intake on the consequences of smuggling drugs into the facility. Despite thorough pat-downs and techniques such as “squat and cough,” correction officers are limited in terms of body cavity searches.