Tuesday, March 06, 2001

Man charged with smuggling coke in bra

        BURLINGTON, Ky. — A 31-year-old Independence man was arrested Sunday when he tried to smuggle a brassiere filled with cocaine to his wife inthe Boone County Jail. The cocaine was found during a routine search.

        “I think this is the first time we've found anything like this — usually it's marijuana,” Sgt. Joe Richardson, jail shift commander said Monday.

        Ronald Dwyer, 31, of the 1000 block of Alpine Court, came to jail Sunday afternoon to visit his wife, Julie, 25, who was incarcerated for driving with a suspended license, Sgt. Richardson said.

        Mr. Dwyer brought the couple's four children with him.

        When Deputy Sherri Bruce examined the items Mr. Dwyer was bringing to his wife, she noticed some “irregular stitching in a brassiere,” Sgt. Richardson said.

        When the stitching was pulled apart, the deputy found approximately 14 grams of cocaine.

        Mr. Dwyer was arrested and charged with first-degree promoting contraband, possession of a schedule 1 narcotic and unlawful transaction with a minor (because he had the children with him), Sgt. Richardson said. The children were released to a relative, he said.


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