Sebastian man joins wife and her ex-husband in jail after smuggling drugs

Staff ReportINDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Three Sebastian residents related by marriage or former marriage have been charged with possession with intent to sell oxycodone and introducing contraband into the Indian River County Correctional Facility on Aug. 27.Eric Butler was arrested on Aug. 26 for delivering a bag of 20 roxycodone pills and 20 pieces of xanax pills to the jail, where his wife in jail. The inmate wife, 34-year-old Evonda Butler, has been incarcerated since July for trafficking in oxycodone.  An investigation revealed that Evonda Butler’s ex-husband, 54-year-old Manuel Ward, also an inmate at the jail, was in possession of roxycodone and xanax pills, which were found in a men’s room trash can. Ward was charged on August 27. Evonda Butler was charged on August 28 with receiving drugs left in a jailhouse elevator phone box by her current husband Eric Butler.”We take that very seriously and we have looked into security at the jail,” said Deputy Jeff Luther, spokesman for the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. “Any changes that need to be made will be made  and the people will be charged to the fullest extent of the law.”Luther said the incident is not related to the short-staffing at the jail due to a number of open corrections officer positions that are not budgeted to be filled.

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