TAMPA — In 2019, five inmates overdosed inside the Pasco County jail on drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine. One died. How did they get the drugs? Timothy CathCart smuggled them in using his rectum.
CathCart, 31, pleaded guilty to federal charges in November, and on Wednesday he learned his fate. U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington sentenced him to 27 years in prison on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, the use of which resulted in serious bodily injury.
The incident started Jan. 24, when CathCart was found by paramedics passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle stopped at State Road 54 and Crossings Boulevard, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
An uncapped syringe lay on the car’s passenger seat, and a deputy said he had trouble staying awake. He was arrested on a charge of DUI.
The overdoses took place from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1. The first three inmates to overdose said they all saw the drugs in CathCart’s cell. After they overdosed, he tried to get rid of the drugs, giving them to another inmate to destroy them. Instead, authorities said two more inmates overdosed, and one of them died as a result.
The named of the inmates who overdosed was not released. The Sheriff’s Office said the inmate who died was Colton McKinley, 28.