Osceola County Jail inmates found distributing, using meth
Sheriff: Suspect brought container of meth into jail upon arrest
REED CITY — Three inmates at the Osceola County Jail are facing charges for possession and use of methamphetamine.
According to a news release from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, on Dec. 12, jail staff received a tip from an inmate that there were other inmates using meth.
While investigating the tip, police identified Brent Matthew Mitchell, 39, of Reed City, as being involved. Mitchell had previously been arrested and lodged at the jail in November on charges of obstructing justice.
After obtaining a search warrant, deputies said Mitchell had stored a container of meth inside a "lower body cavity."
Osceola County Sheriff Ed Williams said Mitchell used this method to bring the drugs into the jail to use and share with other inmates.
After further investigation, deputies said, Mitchell distributed the drugs in his possession to two other inmates, Joshua James Abraham, 34, and Edward Charles Deluge, 39.
The three men were arraigned on a variety of charges in Osceola County's 77th District Court on Dec. 13.
Mitchell faces three counts of violation of controlled substance (delivering methamphetamine), two counts of furnishing contraband to prisoners and one count each of being a prisoner possessing contraband, smuggling contraband into a county jail and possession of methamphetamine.
Abraham, of Marion, and Deluge, of LeRoy, each face counts of possession of methamphetamine and violation of controlled substance (use of methamphetamine).
Bond for Mitchell has been set at $150,000, while Abraham and Deluge each have a $100,000 bond.
The men are scheduled for a probable cause conference in relation to the meth charges at 9:15 a.m. Thursday.
Williams said the investigation by the sheriff's office is closed.