‘Suspicious package’ was drugs left at hospital for inmate

Published 6:27 pm Monday, September 10, 2018

A package suspicious enough to close the hospital campus and call in a bomb squad from Dothan Saturday night is believed to have been an illegal “care package” for an inmate in the county jail.

The Andalusia Police Department and Andalusia Fire Department responded to Andalusia Health after a suspicious package was found at the ambulance entrance to the emergency room.

Officers and hospital personnel followed hospital protocol. A perimeter was established at the hospital, and the APD requested assistance from the Dothan Bomb Squad.

The bomb squad was able to X-ray the package and ultimately determined the package was not an explosive, the APD said in a press release. The package, which included a cell phone, charging cord, tobacco and illegal narcotics is believed to have been left at the hospital for an individual currently in custody at the Covington County Jail who may have received treatment at the hospital early in the day on Saturday.

The APD has arrested Donavan Spenard of Andalusia for distribution of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband second. His bond is set at $100,000.

In an unrelated case, Spenard and his son, Joseph Spenard, were found guilty of guilty of Theft of Property I. Because of their prior felony convictions, both men now face up to life in prison. Sentencing is set for October 17, 2018.

According to a press release from the police department, the investigation into Saturday night’s incident is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson expressed his thanks to the Covington County Sheriff’s Department and the staff at Andalusia Health for their assistance.