Drug-soaked letters lead to electronic mail policy at Chatham County jail

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Chatham County jailors take many steps to keep drugs out of their 2,000-bed facility — even down to limiting how those incarcerated there receive mail.

Staff at the local detention center have intercepted letters and envelopes addressed to inmates that are laced with fentanyl, a synthetic and inexpensive opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, along with other synthetic drugs.

“They soak the paper in fentanyl and they take it out and dry it and then they write a letter on it and send it into the jail and then [the inmates] would take and tear it off and sell it like chewing gum and people would get it and get high on it,” Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher said.

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