Drug Incident At Madison County Jail

Michelle Bushue

At approximately 2:15 Wednesday afternoon, deputies at the Madison County Jail became aware of three female inmates in a temporary hold cell who were in need of medical assistance.

The inmates were lethargic and showed symptoms of narcotic intoxication. Emergency Medical Assistance was requested, and the trio was transported to a regional hospital, where they were treated for suspected opioid based overdoses. The females were treated and released, and are currently back in the custody of the Madison County Jail, on their original charges, not associated with this incident.

Madison County Sheriff John Lakin ordered an investigation to determine how the inmates came into possession of the narcotics. Investigators with the sheriff’s office have met with and interviewed all the inmates who were in the temporary hold cell at the time of the event. The Illinois State Police Crimes Scene Investigative Unit was called to assist.

Thus far the investigation has shown the narcotics were likely smuggled into the holding cell, via a private body cavity by a single inmate, who then shared the narcotics with others in the cell. Authorities say the investigation has shown that the narcotics never made their way into the jail’s general population and were contained to the temporary hold cell.

The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed charges against 25 year old Michelle Bushue, of St. Louis, who was in the holding cell at the time of the drug event. Bushue is charged with one felony count of alleged Bringing Contraband Into a Penal Institution and four separate felony counts of alleged Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

Bushue was originally arrested in St. Clair County Wednesday morning, April 19, on an outstanding felony warrant issued out of Madison County.