Yamhill County Inmate Arrested For Supplying Heroin to Inmates

Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/05/18 

On June 22nd, Captain Richard Geist, who commands the Yamhill County Jail, received information that heroin use had taken place in the Yamhill County Jail the day prior.  After conducting an investigation he had reason to believe the inmate who had provided the heroin was housed in the female general population block.  That inmate was identified as Newberg resident, Rashel Ann Sutliff, 32 years of age.  Sutliff had been in custody since June 20th due to a probation sanction and for outstanding warrants for failure to appear.
Sutliff was transported to the Washington County Jail where their body scanner was utilized.  The scan indicated a foreign substance was inside Sutliff’s lower abdomen area.  Based on the location of the object, it was suspected that drugs may have been swallowed or secreted.  For the safety of the inmate she was transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center where medical staff removed the foreign object from her body.

The object that was found on the scanner was discovered to be two plastic bags.  One bag was approximately 12 grams of suspected methamphetamine while the other bag was approximately 2 grams of suspected heroin. 
Today, Sutliff was charged with Unlawful Delivery of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and three counts of Supplying Contraband.  She is not eligible for bail due to her warrants and probation sanction.
The body scanner used in this investigation is similar to the scanner recently purchased by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office.  It is scheduled to be installed in the near future.  “This case is a perfect example of why I felt it was a priority to obtain a scanner for our facility.” said Sheriff Tim Svenson. “With the rise in heroin use and it’s extremely addictive qualities, inmates are becoming more and more willing to risk introducing these drugs into correctional facilities. This scanner will allow us to increase safety for inmates and staff and provide an extremely valuable investigative tool.  Smuggling drugs into our facility will not be tolerated and those attempting to do so will face criminal prosecution.”