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Charges are being sought against two people in connection with three overdoses that occurred in the Franklin County Jail early Wednesday.

Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton said a detention deputy at the jail was notified of a medical issue with a female inmate at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Then a detention supervisor determined she was overdosing on suspected heroin and she ultimately was transferred to Mercy Hospital Washington for treatment.

According to Pelton, two other female inmates also were transported to the hospital due to overdoses. All three of the inmates recovered from the overdoses.

Investigators determined the inmates obtained the heroin from another woman, 33, who was being held at the jail. She and a 25-year-old man had been arrested during the execution of a search warrant Tuesday in Union.

Pelton said the woman smuggled illegal drugs into the detention facility by concealing them inside a body cavity.

Their names are withheld pending formal charges.

In a separate incident, detectives with the Multi-County Violent Crime and Narcotics Unit and Washington Police conducted a search warrant in the 1000 block of Karen Lane in Washington, Pelton said.

Deputies arrested a 27-year-old man from St. Louis, and a 29-year-old woman from Washington after locating suspected heroin. From Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, the sheriff’s office responded to 13 heroin overdoses.

"The high volume of recent heroin overdoses indicates the heroin entering our community seems to be very potent and possibly laced with fentanyl," Pelton said.

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