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Officials: Inmate smuggled drugs into jail using body cavity

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Authorities say a female inmate found dead in her cell smuggled drugs into the jail in a body cavity.

Nancy K. Bouchard, 50,  was arrested by Elkton Police Department on a weapons charge on May 21 and booked into the jail at 2:17 a.m.

Police said during the booking process, Bouchard was cooperative and did not show any signs of intoxication before being placed in a single-person cell at 3:28 a.m.

Investigators said Bouchard seemed somewhat restless throughout the night, but she had breakfast at 5:30 a.m. and “settled down” just before 7 a.m. when she appeared to be sleeping through the morning.

When lunch trays were passed out at 11:30 a.m., jail personnel found Bouchard unresponsive. They immediately started CPR until EMS arrived and took over, officials said.

According to the report from EMS, they contacted a doctor at Huron Medical Center who pronounced Bouchard dead at 11:50 a.m.

During the autopsy, a medical examiner found small packets of heroin warped in plastic hidden in a body cavity. Bouchard’s cause of death has been ruled as “drug intoxication with heroin and amphetamine” with the “approximate interval between onset and death [as] minutes.”

The investigation concluded Bouchard smuggled heroin into the jail in a body cavity and died sometime after ingesting an unknown amount of the drug.  

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