Three women were arraigned last week on charges related to overdose incidents at Jackson County Jail on June 20, 2022.
Sylvia Rose Hutchinson-Hernandez, Jennifer Rene Wilkes and Sheena Ann Cortez were each arraigned on June 23, 2022. Bail for each is set at $200,000. Their next court appearances are scheduled for June 30.
Hutchinson-Hernandez is charged with two counts of manufacturing/delivering a Schedule II controlled substance, and one count each of unlawful possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and contraband supplying.
Cortez and Wilkes are each charged with one count of Contraband Supply and Manufacture/Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substances
Jennifer Wilkes was interviewed and admitted receiving fentanyl from Sylvia Hutchinson-Hernandez and delivering the drugs to Natalie Rogers and Dawn Robinson.
Sheena Cortez was interviewed and admitted receiving fentanyl from Sylvia Hutchinson-Hernandez and delivering the drugs to Kristina Pinner who was being held in Jackson County Jail.
Shortly after 11:30 a.m. on June 20, 2022, a deputy noticed that an inmate had a medical emergency. While paramedics and medical staff attended to the victim, a second inmate began to experience a medical emergency.
Various agencies responded to help, including the Medford Police Department, Medford Fire Ambulances and Mercy Flights. Five doses of Narcan were administered to the two inmates.
The brief summary of probable cause for Hutchinson-Hernandez states that “Natalie Rogers and Dawn Robinson had been transported to RRMC for an overdose of fentanyl. Robinson was alert and made a statement to me regarding their fentanyl use; however, Rogers had to be placed on a ventilator.
The housing officer said in the probable cause summary: ‘I spoke with several inmates and was able to confirm that Sylvia Hutchinson-Hernandez was the subject who brought fentanyl into the prison. She was contacted and later admitted to bringing over an ounce of fentanyl to jail when she was dropped off by Central Point PD on a firearms charge.
The summary also states that Hutchinson-Hernandez admitted that the fentanyl was concealed in a body cavity. A sergeant helped remove drugs from Hutchinson-Hernandez. The three bags of drugs weighed 19.47 grams in total and later tested positive for fentanyl.
The summary of probable cause stated: “Sylvia Hutchinson-Hernandez admitted to distributing fentanyl to Jennifer Wilkes and Sheena Cortez. Jennifer Wilkes then gave Natalie Rogers and Dawn Robinson fentanyl, which resulted in an overdose that left Robinson on a ventilator. She also admitted to going off small amounts of fentanyl earlier in the week and giving it to Wilkes when they were in the prison Quads.