Jackson County Jail inmate sentenced in heroin smuggling scheme

The alleged ringleader of a scheme to smuggle heroin into the Jackson County Jail was convicted today of supplying contraband as part of a plea agreement.

Andrew Caucutt, 25, of Central Point, was sentenced by Jackson County Circuit Judge Kelly Ravassipour to two years of supervised probation for the felony crime.

Caucutt initially had pleaded not guilty to charges of supplying contraband and delivery of heroin. He pleaded guilty to the first charge today and the second charge was dismissed as part of Caucutt's plea deal.

Caucutt was serving time in cell No. 221 for unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm when the smuggling incident occurred last October.

Police say Caucutt set up a drug deal between his girlfriend, Jade Renee Powell, 26, of Medford, and Camilla Lynn Pierce, 45, of Eagle Point, who was employed by healthcare contractor ConMed to work in the jail.

Powell gave Pierce two envelopes, one with a "gumball-sized" piece of heroin and the other with $500, according to an affidavit. On Oct. 21, 2013, Pierce kept the cash and delivered the drugs to Caucutt, the affidavit states.

The heroin was never found by authorities, according to state prosecutors.

In November, Powell was sentenced to 20 days in jail and four years of supervised probation and ordered to pay $400 in fines by Jackson County Circuit Judge Lorenzo Mejia.

Pierce has pleaded not guilty to charges of delivery of heroin, supplying contraband and possession of heroin, court records show. She has a 12-person jury trial scheduled for April 22 in Jackson County Circuit Court, records show.

Corey Matthew Blakey, 24, also was arrested in connection with the case, but details of his involvement have not been released. In November, he pleaded guilty to charges of delivery of heroin and supplying contraband. Mejia sentenced him to 20 days in jail, four years of supervised probation and $400 in fines.

Records show Caucutt has been convicted of eluding police, unauthorized use of a vehicle, second-degree theft and felon in possession of a firearm. In November 2012, he turned himself in to police three days after he reportedly fired a shot at a Central Point home on Truax Road before speeding away in a BMW.

— Sam Wheeler

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