New Castle News

September 13, 2013

Two more charged in drug smuggling at jail

Debbie Wachter
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Two Lawrence County jail inmates are facing charges for allegedly trying to have drugs smuggled into the lockup.

New Castle police said Walter Eyerman, 32, and Joshua Lee Watson, 34, were the designated recipients of letters mailed to the jail containing Suboxone strips. A Bellaire, Ohio woman, 48-year-old Kathryn Lynn Davis, is accused of sending the letters. She was arrested last week.

Both Eyerman and Watson face charges of contraband, criminal use of a communication facility and two counts each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy of possession with intent to deliver. They were arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who set their bonds at $10,000 each, pending preliminary hearings.

Eyerman, a parole violator, is being housed in the jail by the state. The new charges  will require him to remain incarcerated, according to the investigating officer.

Watson is originally from Ohio.

Jail officials told police strips of suspected Suboxone, used in treating opiate addiction, were found on Aug. 27 in a letter addressed to Watson. A jail official found the substance when he held a flashlight to an envelope after noticing irregularities in the seam, police said.

The envelope had the return address of an Ohio woman.

The next day, jail officials found additional mail with suspected Suboxone strips, police said. That letter was from a different Ohio woman, but both carried the same return address of Bellaire, Ohio.

Jail officials, who monitor prisoner phone calls, learned from one call that the inmate had argued with Davis because he had not received his mail. She told him she mailed two letters with regular stamps, police said.

Police said handwriting on those letters matched other letters he received and it was determined that all were written by Davis. She also had called and left a voicemail for a jail official, complaining Watson had not received his mail, and left her phone number.

When Davis visited on Sept. 1, police took her into custody.  

Police say Eyerman also received letters with Suboxone.