Detectives foil drug drop to inmate

OKEECHOBEE — An alleged plot to deliver narcotics to an inmate at the Okeechobee County Jail was foiled when detectives arrested the delivery person before the drop could be made.

Detectives with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force foiled the attempt Thursday, Dec. 31, when they

Chelsea Leah Deschamps

Chelsea Leah Deschamps

arrested Chelsea Leah Deschamps, 24, and found her to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine.

Deschamps, N.W. 45th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and conspiracy to introduce contraband into a county detention facility.

An arrest report indicates she was planning on delivering the narcotics to an inmate from the county jail who was working as a trustee at the Okeechobee Animal Control facility at 1480 N.W. 25th Drive. That inmate was then supposed to deliver the contraband to Jackie Rediker.

Jackie Rediker

Jackie Rediker

Rediker, 24, N.W. 10th St., was being held at the county jail without bond after being adjudicated guilty on Dec. 16 for violating his probation on the initial charges of forgery and uttering a forged instrument. He was ordered to serve 9 months in the county jail, with credit for the 144 days he had already served.

Rediker is now charged with the felony of conspiracy to introduce contraband into a county detention facility.

His bond was set at $7,500, while bond for Deschamps was set at $15,000.

Jail records indicate she has been released on bond.

The other inmate who was supposed to receive the drugs told detectives he had no idea what was going on, and said he doesn’t even talk to Rediker because they are in two separate dorms. He has not been charged in this case.

According to the detective’s arrest report the task force received information Deschamps was to make the delivery on Dec. 31. After taking up surveillance positions at animal control, detectives reportedly saw Deschamps pull into the facility in a 2001 green Chevrolet pickup.

Detectives stopped the vehicle and conducted a search of the truck as well as the woman’s person. During a search of the woman’s purse, a detective apparently found three small plastic baggies that contained suspected meth.

When task force members tested the contents of those baggies each test indicated a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine. The suspected meth weighed a total of 1.7 grams, added the report.

Detectives also found three unopened packs of cigarettes as well as two unopened cans of snuff, added the report.

The detective’s report went on to state that the vehicle was towed to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office impound lot “… for possible civil seizure.”

Records indicate Deschamps was arrested in May of 2015 for violating her probation on initial charges of forgery and uttering a forged instrument. She was arrested again on Dec. 25 for failure to appear on those charges. Her bond was then set at $500 per felony charge and she was released Dec. 26 after posting $1,000 bond.

Animal control is now being operated by the sheriff’s office.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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