Deputies: Meth-laced letters sent to man in jail

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Jordan Carswell, 32 Jordan Carswell, 32
Ashley Cornell, 34 Ashley Cornell, 34

VERMILION COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – A man who admitted to meth charges had drug-laced letters sent to him in jail, investigators say.

Hoopeston man Jordan Carswell, 32, pleaded guilty to counts of meth delivery and bringing contraband into a penal institution. Deputies caught him after 5 a.m. on June 3 with two bags of meth as he was asleep in his car. He had the drugs, which weighed about .2 ounces, and $1,150 in cash.

Investigators say the contraband charge involves Carswell and a second suspect, identified as 34-year-old Ashley Cornell, who is accused of sending him letters with dissolved meth in them. Investigators say they found out about the scheme while monitoring jail phone calls between them and that Carswell would find the meth in places on the letters where something like “I love you” was written.

The release says jail staff intercepted one of the letters on Aug. 1 and found a “yellowish stain” on the crossword puzzle. It tested positive for meth.

Carswell was on probation in two felony meth possession cases at the time of his plea, investigators say.

Court records show Cornell is scheduled for jury trial on Jan. 28, 2019. Her charge is for bringing a controlled substance into a penal institution. Carswell was sentenced to 9 years behind bars.

Other aggravated battery charges against Carswell were dropped as part of his plea agreement. He was accused of fighting a Vermilion County Jail inmate.

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