Prisoner Serving Hard Time on Weekends Caught Trying to Smuggle Meth That Was Sewn in His Underwear

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Source: Barton County Sheriff's Office

Craig Gowdy; Matthew Cooley

Jun. 20 2023, Published 4:00 p.m. ET

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Two people have been arrested in Kansas after attempting to traffick methamphetamine into a county jail, according to authorities.

According to the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, jail staff and detectives became aware of a plan to smuggle methamphetamine into the Barton County Jail.

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An individual, later identified as 47-year-old Craig Gowdy, who was serving weekends to fulfill his sentence was recruited to smuggle contraband into the jail and then pass the drugs to other inmates, according to detectives.

On June 16, Gowdy reported to the jail when detectives and jail staff discovered suspected methamphetamine sewn into the seam of his undergarments, officials said.

Gowdy was booked and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and trafficking contraband into a correctional facility, authorities said.

He is being held on a $50,000 bond.

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Police also arrested 36-year-old Matthew Cooley, a current inmate in the Barton County Jail, and booked him on the same charges.

Cooley was being held on two probation violation charges and now has the additional charges added on. He had an additional $50,000 bond added on also, officials said.

Authorities believe there were additional co-conspirators in this case and will be seeking arrest warrants in the very near future.


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