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Inmate indicted in Valium ring

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21-year-old lodged in LaRue County Jail

By Brent Schanding

A LaRue County grand jury indicted an inmate last week on eight counts of promoting contraband and trafficking drugs in the facility.

Nick Rager, 21, who is lodged in the LaRue County Jjail, could’ve conspired with two others to sell and distribute Valium at the facility, the grand jury charged.

Michael Linton, 29, and Amanda Mortenson, 21, were both charged in September on similar drug charges, for their alleged roles in a LaRue County contraband ring.  

Linton had been serving a 60-day sentence at the jail on weekends after being convicted of a misdemeanor assault charge, when officials found tobacco, rolling paper, a lighter and Valium tablets in his clothing, according to initial reports from deputies.

Mortenson of Hodgenville was charged in September with providing those items to Linton.

Other cases

The LaRue County Jail has been plagued by contraband cases this year.

Last month, deputies obtained written confessions and confiscated two cell phones from a pair who were reportedly trying to provide the devices to convicted felons at the jail.

A New Haven man was also charged with promoting contraband at the jail last month, after officials said he had a family member hand-deliver a letter containing pills and rolling papers to an inmate.

A former LaRue County deputy jailer pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree promoting contraband in August. The charge was merged with another count of official misconduct.

The deputy jailer smuggled a prepaid cell phone into the facility.

Jail officials said a background check was not conducted before hiring that worker.