Inmate suspected of using heroin at Routt County Jail |

Inmate suspected of using heroin at Routt County Jail

Hailey Allen

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — An inmate was arrested Thursday and is suspected of using and distributing heroin while being housed at the Routt County Jail.

Hailey Celeste Allen, 25, of Denver, faces additional charges of first-degree introduction of contraband, possession with the intent to distribute and possession of contraband. All the charges are felonies.

She was first arrested June 21 along with two other people after police found what they suspect was more than half a pound of methamphetamine and 30.3 grams of heroin in their car.

At about 11:30 p.m. June 22, a jailer went into a sleeping area at the jail and found Allen and three other women gathered in the restroom.

The jailer asked what they were doing, and one of the inmates said they were brushing their teeth. The jailer found the activity suspicious.

Jailers later did a shakedown of the area and did a “noninvasive visual strip search” of Allen and the three other women.

Jailers found a paper with an unknown black substance on it, but a test came back negative for heroin.

According to an arrest affidavit, jailers then interviewed the women, and they were able to gather enough information for a judge to issue a warrant to do a body-cavity search of Allen and another inmate. No contraband was found.

Testing was done to screen the women for drug use, and both females came back positive for opiates.

According to the affidavit, an inmate later told deputies that Allen brought drugs to the pod in the jail and offered it to other women. They estimated it was about half a gram of tar heroin.

Allen’s bond was set at $25,000 on Friday.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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