EBRSO: 2 inmates overdose; girlfriend charged with smuggling drugs

EBRSO seized these drugs from a home during their investigation into inmate overdoses.
EBRSO seized these drugs from a home during their investigation into inmate overdoses.(East Baton Rouge Sheriff Office)
Published: Sep. 13, 2022 at 5:41 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2022 at 5:54 PM CDT
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EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the opioid overdose of two inmates at the EBR Parish Prison.

According to authorities, the incident happened on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 7, and led to Narcan being administered. They added that one of the inmates, Keith Rushing, 41, died as a result of the suspected overdose. The other inmate recovered.

Following the overdoses, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said it also launched an investigation into narcotics at the prison.

Authorities said they found another inmate smuggled drugs into the facility and sold them to his fellow prisoners. Dewayne Powell, 28, was charged as a result of the investigation, according to authorities.

Detectives said they believe Powell instructed his girlfriend named Ebony Bailey to package drugs inside an electric toothbrush before tossing it over the prison fence. Investigators added that Powell is believed to have ripped a toilet from a wall in order to get access to a recreation yard and retrieve the drugs.

EBRSO said arrest warrants were obtained for Powell and Bailey.

Detectives also executed a search warrant at Bailey’s home, according to investigators. They seized the below items:

  • 15.3 oz of Fentanyl (approximately street value $38,250)
  • 1.5 oz of Methamphetamine
  • 19.8 grams of Cocaine
  • 2.58 oz of marijuana
  • 36 dosage units of Xanax
  • Numerous blenders with residue used to cut Fentanyl
  • $2,040

Investigators said a small child was at the home at the time the warrant was executed. DCFS was contacted.

“Unfortunately, the issue of contraband, particularly drugs, is a problem in prison facilities throughout our country,” said Dennis Grimes, warden for the EBR Parish Prison. “We will continue to conduct extensive searches to combat inmates that smuggle illegal drugs and contraband into the prison.”

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