Woman charged after detention officer finds fentanyl in mail

Becky Campbell • Jul 11, 2019 at 9:19 PM

A woman accused of mailing fentanyl to a man in the Washington County Detention Center last year was arrested earlier this month on a drug conspiracy charge related to the incident.

Charlotte J. Flere, 25, 308 Michaels Ridge Blvd., Johnson City, was arrested July 3 on one county of conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution.

It happened in September 2018. In an attempt to eliminate contraband from getting into the jail, it’s policy to open any personal mail delivered to inmates. While doing that task Sept. 26, a corrections officer opened a piece of mail addressed to Jack Laws and “a white plume of unknown substance, presumed to be an illicit drug,” came from the envelope, the officer reported.

A field test of the substance indicated it was fentanyl. The officer said he thought he might have inhaled a small portion of the dust, but was checked on by medical staff and didn’t have any adverse reactions.

Investigators began checking all connections between Flere and Laws and listened to phone conversations between the two. A court document indicated that Laws used a calling card to call a specific phone number, which was later determined to belong to Flere. In those conversations, officers said the two talked about the woman “putting together a card with “20” glued into the card.”

Investigators attempted to interview Laws in September, but he refused. After that, investigators said they discovered Laws calling a different number, which they later connected to Flere.

Flere was arraigned on the conspiracy charge last week and returns to court for a hearing July 16. She was being held in the Detention Center on $2,500 bond.

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