Former 3 Doors Down Bassist Allegedly Smuggled Suboxone Into Jail

By Paul Fuhr 08/08/18

The drug was reportedly discovered by deputies during a screening of Harrell’s incoming mail.

Todd Harrell
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Problems persist for rocker Todd Harrell, a founding member of the band 3 Doors Down, following an arrest earlier this summer.

According to WLOX, the 46-year-old bassist is now facing additional jail time after allegedly having drugs mailed to him at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center in Pascagoula, Mississippi, where he’s been held since June.

Harrell was arrested on June 15 for illegal firearms possession, domestic violence and possession of a controlled substance.

Sheriff Mike Ezell told WLOX that Suboxone strips were discovered by deputies during a screening of Harrell’s incoming mail. Judge T. Larry Wilson set bond at $1,000 on Monday after six strips of Suboxone, a medication that’s used to treat opiate addiction, were found.

If convicted of trying to smuggle drugs into a correctional facility (which is a felony), Harrell could receive an additional seven years in prison. The South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team, according to WLOX, is now working with the jail to investigate who sent the letter to him.

Harrell’s June arrest occurred when sheriff’s deputies arrived at his St. Martin home after an alarm went off, Ezell said. (The bassist’s wife told authorities that she and her husband had gotten into an argument that had turned physical.) When the deputies arrived, they found guns and drugs, which prompted them to call a narcotics unit.

Unfortunately, the firearms, drugs and domestic violence charges aren’t Harrell’s first problems with the law. In 2013, while speeding down a Nashville highway, Harrell clipped a pickup truck, killing its 47-year old driver, Paul Shoulders Jr.

At the time of the crash, Harrell failed a sobriety test, Rolling Stone reported, and admitted to “consuming hard cider and taking prescription Lortab and Xanax.”

Police also reportedly found dozens of other pills that Harrell didn’t have a prescription for.

“The police pulled me out of the car that night and were giving me field sobriety tests and I was like, ‘Why aren’t you doing this (to the) other guy?’" Harrell later said. “They said, ‘Well, that guy’s dead.’ I have nightmares about it.” 

While awaiting trial on that charge, Harrell was arrested for yet another DUI, USA Today reported—one that “involved a substance other than alcohol.” Harrell eventually pleaded guilty to six crimes in Nashville in December 2015.

As part of his sentencing, Harrell was court-ordered to visit schools and speak about the dangers of drug addiction, in addition to working with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office on an anti-DUI campaign.

“I can never change what happened,” Harrell told a crowd of students about the fatal accident he caused, “but I can definitely try and make a message out of it… a split-second decision could change your life.”

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Paul Fuhr lives in Columbus, Ohio with his family and two cats, Vesper and Dr. No. He's written for AfterParty MagazineThe Literary Review and The Live Oak Review, among others. He's also the host of "Drop the Needle," a podcast about music and addiction recovery. More at You can also find Paul on Linkedin and Twitter.