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3 Mohave County Jail inmates face charges in connection with April drug overdoses

May 17, 2019

Three inmates in the Mohave County Jail are facing more charges after authorities said they were part of an effort to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine that resulted in several overdoses in one incident in April.

Five county inmates were treated for drug overdoses April 16 after they overdosed on hydrocodone pills laced with Fentanyl.

Investigators say that inmate Jonathan Hutchinson, 24, of Parker, smuggled 30 counterfeit Hydrocodone pills into the County Jail, as well as an unknown quantity of methamphetamine. After the five inmates allegedly overdosed, jail staff searched the inmates’ housing unit.

A small amount of the substance was located, deputies said, allegedly in the possession of inmates Michael Pauly, 29, of Nevada; and Anthony Colella, 52, of Lake Havasu City.

According to deputies, the pills were transported to an Arizona Department of Public Safety crime lab for examination, and were determined to have been created with the use of a synthetic opioid, Fentanyl.

The case will be forwarded to the Mohave County Attorney’s Office for charges against Hutchinson, Pauly and Colella.

All three men have prior criminal records.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Hutchinson, 24, was arrested for shoplifting, trafficking in stolen property, fraud, identity theft, resisting arrest, all felonies, and misdemeanor criminal trespass. He is accused of stealing car batteries from a Parker business.

When he was questioned about the incident, he gave officers a fake ID, false name and fled from police. A representative with the Sheriff’s Office said officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety had previously dealt with Hutchinson in an incident where he allegedly fled from officers in a stolen vehicle and then on foot.

For Colella, Jr., he’s been arrested on separate occasions the last few years for domestic violence and for possessing guns while being a convicted felon.