Douglas County Jail overdose leads to drug possession, delivery charges

An inmate allegedly brought the drugs into the jail with her when she was arrested.

Douglas County Circuit Court, Superior, Wisconsin. (Jed Carlson /
Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram

An Ashland woman who allegedly brought heroin and meth into the Douglas County Jail with her when she was arrested waived her preliminary hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Kianna Rae Corbine, 21, faces felony counts of possession with intent to deliver or distribute methamphetamine and deliver three grams or less of heroin, both with the modifier of possession of a controlled substance on or near a jail. A cash bond of $3,000 was set for Corbine, and she was ordered not to possess any controlled substance or drug paraphernalia.

The charges were triggered by an overdose incident at the jail Jan. 18, according to the criminal complaint. Correctional staff at the jail responded to a “code blue” and found Corbine gray in the face and unresponsive, but breathing shallowly.

They administered naloxone, and the Ashland woman responded to the drug, which reverses and blocks the effects of opioids. The paramedics who responded located a bag of drugs on Corbine, which included 20 grams of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

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Kianna Rae Corbine

When interviewed by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office's Sergeant Richard Schnell, one of Corbine’s fellow inmates said that the Ashland woman told her she had drugs “up in her” and offered to give the other woman some heroin. Corbine reportedly told the other inmate that she had hidden the drugs on herself during a traffic stop in Bayfield County. The inmate said Corbine left some heroin for her in the shower, and she snorted it, according to the criminal complaint.

The methamphetamine charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000. The heroin delivery charge carries a maximum penalty of 12 years and six months of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000. Corbine’s next court appearance was set for March 12.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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