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Six charged in drug smuggling probe at W.Va. jail

November 09, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Six people, including three female inmates, have been arraigned on charges stemming from a drug smuggling operation at Eastern Regional Jail, police said.

The West Virginia State Police charged inmates Kasi McIntire, 38, of Martinsburg; Shera Evy, 28, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.; and Angela Shirley, 32, of Kearneysville, W.Va.,1st Sgt. E.D. Burnett said in a news release. Shirley and Evy were being held at the jail Monday night, according to jail records. McIntire was not being held at Eastern Regional Monday night.

Brian McIntire, 42, and Anthony Wayne Cook, 33, both of Martinsburg, and David Walter Orndorff Jr., 49, of Winchester, Va., are accused for their role in getting a red balloon with Suboxone in it to the jail last month, according to Burnett's announcement.

The balloon was found in Orndorff's mouth in the jail's visitor check-in area on Oct. 18 by State Police Cpl. B.W. Bean, Burnett said in the news release.

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On Oct. 16, Bean met with jail administrator Lewis Barlow, who told the officer that an inmate was attempting to get narcotics smuggled into the facility with Orndorff's help on Oct. 18, according to Burnett's news release.

When confronted on Oct. 18, Orndorff told police he had received the Suboxone from Cook, who received the drug from Brian McIntire, Kasi McIntire's ex-husband, according to the news release.

Suboxone is prescribed for opiate addiction.

Barlow and Burnett were not available for comment Monday. Burnett said in the news release that all six individuals had been arrested and arraigned, but he did not specify the charges.

The arrests were the result of a weeklong drug smuggling investigation by Bean and members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, according to Burnett's announcement.

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