4 charged with trying to sneak drug-laced papers into Cook County jail (video)

Left to right: Leroy Carter, Wendell Eiland, Brandy Frazier, and Josephine Frazier (Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

CHICAGO — Four people have been charged with trying to smuggle drug-soaked papers into the Cook County jail, the latest in a string of cases prosecutors have pursued as authorities work to keep the deadly contraband from entering the jail.

Once inside the jail, sheets of paper soaked in various narcotics and deadly household chemicals like insecticides are cut into small strips and sold between inmates.

Last year, seventeen inmates died at the jail, eight from drug overdoses, according to the Cook County medical examiner. This year, no inmates have died at the jail.

The latest charges stem from two incidents from March, including one recorded by the jail’s security video cameras.

On March 30, Josephine Frazier, 30, was visiting 27-year-old inmate Wendell Eiland when a corrections officer saw her slide something across a long table that separated her from Eiland, according to the sheriff’s office. Jail officers separated the two and found a baggie containing two small pill bottles that contained paper soaked in synthetic cannabinoids, the sheriff’s office said.

The alleged exchange was caught on video. Watch:

After testing revealed that the papers contained drugs, prosecutors charged Frazier and Eiland. They are each charged with possessing a controlled substance in a penal institution.

In the second case, sheriff’s police arrested two people after they allegedly tried to stash drug-soaked paper in a bathroom at Stroger Hospital, where an inmate was scheduled to visit, according to the sheriff’s office and court records.

The inmate allegedly contacted Brandy Frazier, 23, and told her where to hide the materials. Sheriff’s officers confronted Frazier and allegedly found a matchbook containing three pieces of drug-soaked paper in the pocket of a man who accompanied her, 42-year-old Leroy Carter. Frazier is not related to Josephine Frazier in the first case.

The sheriff’s office filed charges after lab tests confirmed the presence of drugs on the paper. They are both charged with attempting to introduce contraband into a penal institution and possession of a controlled substance.

Since January 1, 2024, prosecutors have charged 26 people with possessing or trying to smuggle drug-soaked papers into the jail, according to the sheriff’s office. Of those, 20 were inmates.

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