Fentanyl 4 in Northern California Jail Leads to Inmate Overdose


OROVIL – An inmate held at Butte County Jail is accused of smuggling fentanyl through his anal cavity to Butte County Jail and distributing opioids to other inmates.

According to a press release from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff’s office suspects 35-year-old Eric Robert Rehse of smuggling drugs into the prison.


Correctional deputies at a medium-security housing unit at the prison were alerted Thursday to three inmates who were displaying symptoms of an opioid overdose, according to the press release. The prison’s medical and correctional staff immediately administered naloxone to the affected inmates. Each prisoner required multiple doses of naloxone.

The press release said all three prisoners were taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Two of the three prisoners have been treated and sent back to custody. One of them is hospitalized. Later in the day, deputies were made aware of another inmate within the same housing unit who also appeared to be suffering from an opioid overdose. Medical and prison staff responded again and gave her naloxone and she was taken to the hospital, where she was also treated and sent back to prison.


The sheriff’s office said the prison unit was searched and reportedly 14.8 grams of fentanyl were recovered. Of that, 14 grams were handed over voluntarily by a prisoner who initially tried to hide the drugs within his anus.

The sheriff’s office said inmates were educated about the risks associated with using fentanyl. Detectives from the Butt Interagency Narcotic Task Force were brought in to investigate.

Correctional duties were alerted to another inmate who on Friday appeared to have an overdose of opiates. Medical and prison staff administered a dose of naloxone and the prisoner was medically cured.


Rehsey was originally arrested on Wednesday, January 5 on suspicion of an outstanding felony warrant related to property crimes, when he appeared to volunteer in the lobby of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives believe that Reh took the fentanyl inside his anal cavity when he arrived at the sheriff’s office.

Rehse was arrested again on Thursday on suspicion of bringing controlled substances into prison and selling/transporting/distributing controlled substances, according to a press release.

Inmates incarcerated are thoroughly physically searched before being admitted, but correctional duties are carried out by legally possible reason, court orders, and search of prisoners’ body cavities without the aid of licensed medical professionals. is prohibited from.


The sheriff’s office said Rehsey allegedly retrieved the drugs after a search and then distributed the drugs to other inmates, who voluntarily took the drugs.

Correctional staff screens and searches incoming prisoners, and conducts unannounced searches of housing units, including using K-9 dogs that are trained to alert to the smell of narcotics. Naloxone is distributed throughout the gel facility in case of overdose or exposure.