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Emily Welker, Published November 12 2013

Glyndon woman charged with illegal drug possession in Cass County Jail

FARGO – Cass County prosecutors have charged a third person in less than a month in connection with illicit drug possession in the county jail.

In this case, an inmate who was jailed on suspicion of possession of methamphetamines on Oct. 23 was found to be hiding a plastic container of pills on her person.

The drugs were discovered after a lockdown and search of the jail Friday.

The inmate, Chili Carlene Musselman, 50, of Glyndon, Minn., was asked by jail officials to remove her clothing, which led to the discovery of Dilaudid pills, a narcotic painkiller.

Musselman was charged Friday with possession of a controlled substance by an inmate, a Class B felony.

In one of the previous two cases, a jail inmate, Andrew Harlan Stenerson, who is 21 or 22, of Adams, N.D., was charged with two felonies on Oct. 17 after allegedly having illegal drugs in film form mailed into the jail under postage stamps on envelopes addressed to inmates.

Stenerson’s girlfriend, Alexis Carole Centers of Fargo, who is 20 or 21, was charged Oct. 21 with delivery of buprenorphine.

Capt. Judy Tollefson of the Cass County Jail said jail inmates don’t typically undergo a cavity search when they’re brought to the jail unless there is a reasonable suspicion they may be concealing, or “packing,” drugs within their bodies.

Jail officials will have medical personnel do cavity searches when they have found pills or substances in the jail, or when an inmate displays unusual behavior that indicates illicit drug use, Tollefson said.

She doesn’t believe it’s time to revisit the jail’s policy.

“Because we’re finding it (the drugs) is because we’re following those policies,” Tollefson said. “I think that what we’re doing works, and I don’t anticipate any kind of significant change.

Cass County Sgt. Tara Morris said other correctional facilities face similar issues with jail inmates and contraband substances.

“This type of act happens in probably every jail all over the U.S.,” she said.

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Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541