LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky inmate has died after ingesting drug-soaked underwear.

Jessamine County officials say Corey McQueary was found unresponsive in his cell on Aug. 21. According to an arrest citation, inmate Michael Jones soaked a pair of underwear with methadone and brought it to the Jessamine County jail.

Police say Jones soaked the underwear while on furlough and gave pieces of it to his cell mates. Officials say McQueary ingested the drugs from part of the underwear.

Jessamine County Jailer Jon Sallee says inmates are frequently searched for contraband.

"When somebody comes in the facility, either from a furlough or any other occurrence, they're searched, their clothing is searched, strip searched, and any other type of search that we feel is necessary," Sallee said. "If something is in their garment, and it's colorless, odorless, it would be very difficult, almost impossible, to detect from the naked eye."

Jones was initially in jail on a DUI charge before his furlough. He has now been charged with McQueary's death.

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