Woman sentenced to 20 days in jail for supplying heroin to inmate boyfriend

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A Medford woman who paid a nurse $500 to deliver heroin to her incarcerated boyfriend at the Jackson County Jail in October was sentenced Thursday to 20 days in jail.

Jade Renee Powell, 26, pleaded guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court to delivering heroin and supplying contraband in a correctional facility.

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

"I do realize the people I chose to hang out with are no good, and I really need to change," Powell said in court.

According to her attorney, Powell has two young children and is the girlfriend of 25-year-old Andrew Caucutt of Central Point.

Caucutt, who was lodged in cell No. 221, allegedly set up a meeting between Powell and Camilla Lynn Pierce, 45, of Eagle Point, a nurse who worked in the jail for contractor ConMed.

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

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

Court records show Blakey previously has been arrested eight times in Jackson County for possessing heroin, three times for delivering heroin and once for manufacturing heroin, as well as for several other drug charges.

Last week, Pierce pleaded not guilty to charges of delivering and possessing heroin and supplying contraband. She has a pretrial hearing scheduled for Dec. 23.

Caucutt, who was charged with delivering heroin and supplying contraband, pleaded not guilty to each charge. A 12-person jury trial is scheduled for him on Dec. 10. He was released from jail after posting $50,000 bail, records show.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com.

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