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PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Seven McCracken County Jail inmates have been charged after deputies say methamphetamine was smuggled into the jail. One of the inmates died at a local hospital after allegedly swallowing some of the meth.
At 4:35 p.m. Saturday, McCracken County Jail inmate Tyler Cope, 21, of Paducah died at Baptist Health of Paducah.
This case remains under investigation by the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, the McCracken County Commonwealth's Attorneys Office, as well as the McCracken County Coroners Office. He will undergo an autopsy tomorrow in Madisonville at the Kentucky Medical Examiners Office.
On Friday, the McCracken County Regional Jail received information alleging that a McCracken County inmate had possibly smuggled a quantity of Methamphetamine into the jail sometime Thursday.
Deputies say an investigation revealed that Craig Battoe smuggled crystal methamphetamine into the jail. A search of the cell by deputies and a police K9 began.
Investigators say Battoe had given the remaining methamphetamine to Tyler Cope. Cope then reportedly swallowed the meth to avoid being detected.
Deputies discovered that Cope was ill took him to an area hospital where he was listed in serious condition due to a suspected drug overdose.
Detectives conducted investigations that consisted of interviews and search warrants that were obtained for blood and urine samples for the inmates.
Craig Battoe was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and first degree promoting contraband.
Christopher McCoy, James Jenkins, Erik Williams, Glenn Thorn, Jr., Sean Colston and Brennen Harmon were all charged with first degree promoting contraband after the investigation revealed they possessed and used methamphetamine while in jail.
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