Columbia County Jail drug smuggling attempt foiled

Columbia County Detention Facility sign
Seth Johnson

Multiple people were arrested and charged in connection with trying to introduce Suboxone pills into the Columbia County Detention Facility.

According to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) release, two people were arrested on Tuesday when staff noticed something suspicious about an item being left for an inmate at the jail. After examining the item, the tube of Poligrip actually had 20 Suboxone pills concealed inside the tube.

Arthur Burns
Courtesy of Columbia County Jail Arthur Burns
Kristine Stephens
Courtesy of Columbia County Jail Kristine Stephens

Suboxone is a controlled substance which requires a prescription to possess.

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Arthur Burns, 58, of High Springs, and Kristine Stephens, 46, of Fort White, were arrested and charged in connection with the incident. Charges are pending on a third suspect for their role in the drug smuggling attempt.

“We take the responsibility of keeping those who are in our care and custody safe very seriously,” said Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter in the release. “I want to commend our staff at the detention facility for their vigilance, and our detectives who worked quickly to hold the individuals involved accountable for their actions. We will not tolerate any activity which could jeopardize the safety and security of the detention facility.”

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