Overdose Mugshot

Carly Cherry

A Portland woman was charged with bringing an illegal substance into the Sumner County Jail following the suspected drug overdoses of two other inmates earlier this month.

Both female inmates, believed to have overdosed on possibly heroin, were taken by ambulance from the jail to Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin on Nov. 1, according to a sworn court affidavit signed by Detective Lisa Byington with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office. 

“During this investigation and after talking to multiple subject and/or inmates, (I) learned that a grayish white powder like substance, purported to be heroin, had been brought into the jail by a female who had been arrested this date on an outstanding violation of probation warrant,” Byington wrote in the affidavit. “After speaking to several female inmates, (I) learned that all of the purported heroin brought in by the defendant had been snorted and was now gone.”

While Narcan had to be used to revive one of the inmates, both individuals were later described by law enforcement officials as being alert and able to talk.

The suspect was later identified as Carly Nicole Cherry, according to the affidavit. When interviewed by law enforcement, the 40-year-old admitted to being addicted to heroin but denied bringing the substance into the jail that caused the suspected overdoses.

Cherry was charged with one count of introduction of contraband into a penal institution and her bond was set at $100,000 bond, according to court records. The case was bound over to the Sumner County Grand Jury on Nov. 12.

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