MIAMI COUNTY — The female inmate who concealed fentanyl and a syringe inside her body cavity and caused another inmate to overdose at the downtown jail was sentenced to serve 10 months in prison on Tuesday.
Megan Hair, 26, of Kenton, was charged with fifth-degree felony drug possession and drug abuse instruments as well as her original charge of fifth-degree felony possession of criminal tools. She was sentenced to serve 10 months for each case, which will run concurrently with one another.
She was originally incarcerated on March 22 for possession of criminal tools and wrongful entrustment by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Hair had requested community control and apologized for her conduct and said she was overcome with regret.
Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Janna Parker requested a prison sentenced, stating Hair had endangered the lives of others by allowing an impaired driver behind the wheel of her car and then causing the overdose of an inmate.
“Her addiction poses a risk to the public,” Parker said.
Judge Christopher Gee reprimanded Hair for her conduct, stating, “But for the life-saving efforts of others, you’d be standing here on a murder charge, not a drug possession charge.”
Gee noted Hair’s previous criminal record, which included her completion of drug court and treatment in lieu of conviction and told her she could work on her addiction in prison.
Hair was given 63 days of jail time credit.
On March 25, a deputy responded to the jail on an assist squad call. Inmate Rana Brock was found unresponsive and her lips were turning blue. Troy medics transported Brock to Upper Valley Medical Center for the overdose. Brock told the deputy she thought inmate Hair had heroin and other illegal items with her. Brock admitted to snorting the powder substance from inside a “Daily Bread” book.
Hair told corrections staff the substance was fentanyl. The evidence was booked in the property room. Brock was charged with drug possession as well. Hair also told officers she didn’t think she would be in jail for very long, so that’s why she kept the drugs and the syringe hidden inside her body cavity.
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