Erik Farias-Reyes, the man accused of a murder in East Wenatchee, has now been suspected of carrying illegal fentanyl into the Chelan County jail.
According to Wenatchee police and corrections officials at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center, Farias-Reyes had a baggie of fentanyl pills hidden in his pants when he was brought in for booking on April 19. The pills, contained inside a baggie and tucked into a rubber glove, went unnoticed through multiple police patdowns after Farias was taken in by a multi-agency SWAT team at the Lyles Motel in downtown Wenatchee. However, a strip search at the jail discovered the alleged package.
In the same incident, a female inmate, Sabrina Lee McCubbin, was found to be carrying "100 or so pills" of fentanyl after her jail booking, which were not found during her arrest. The drugs were located and handed over to jail officials after someone from outside called to alert them.
Jail director Chris Sharp informed the Chelan County commissioners that not everything can be caught at the jail, even with the use of equipment and technology. He has informed arresting agencies of the late drug discoveries and asked them to take extra care in suspect patdowns.