SHERIFF: Inmate hid drugs inside body cavity that caused other inmate’s death

SHERIFF:  Inmate hid drugs inside body cavity that caused other inmate’s death

The SBI says Kristen Graham has been charged with death by distribution.

KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) – A fellow inmate has been charged in connection with the death of a Lenoir County jail inmate.

The SBI says Kristen Graham has been charged with death by distribution.

“Getting the phone call today was kind of mixture of emotions,” said Osowski’s sister, Jennifer Blake. “Part of it was relief and part of it was this side of questions of how drugs were allowed to get into the facility?”

According to the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office, Graham brought the drugs into the jail inside a body cavity.

Stephanie Osowski, 40, was found dead in her cell on Saturday. The SBI says preliminary autopsy results are consistent with an overdose.

Stephanie Osowski

Stephanie Osowski

Osowski, who was from Millsboro, Delaware, had been in jail since this past June and was being held for multiple drug-related offenses, including trafficking in opium/heroin.

“I talked to her last Thursday night, and she was fine in good spirits,” Blake said. “Then Saturday she’s gone so how was this able to happen?”

Deputies said that the sheriff’s office is trying to get funds to purchase a full body scan machine for the jail, which they said may have helped in this situation.

“Why don’t they have it?” Blake said. “They need to have one put in immediately to prevent this from happening again. This is probably going to be the start to a long journey, but I’ll follow it to the end for my sister. I want to make sure there’s justice, I owe it to my sister to make sure her death wasn’t in vain.”

Graham was given a $250,000 secured bond. The 29-year-old woman was wanted last year for possession of stolen goods and aiding and abetting larceny after Kinston police said she and a man stole items from a nightclub.

State records show Graham was convicted in 2018 for possession of Schedule II controlled substances and served three months in state prison.

Lenoir County jail

Lenoir County jail

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