A Tennessee woman who kissed an inmate during a visit has been charged with murder after the inmate died shortly after their exchange.
TDOC confirmed in a statement Tuesday that Rachel Dollard was taken into custody over the weekend by special agents from the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) and the Dickson County Sheriff’s Department. He is accused of smuggling drugs into the Terni Center Industrial Complex.
TDOC said Dollard faces charges of second-degree murder and introducing contraband into a penal facility and is currently being held in the Hickman County Jail.
The allegations come after the death of Joshua Brown, who was serving an 11-year sentence on drug-related charges. His sentence was due to expire in 2029.
During a visit in February, authorities allege Dollard supplied Brown with drugs “because the two exchanged kisses during a meeting at the Turney Center Industrial Complex.” Dollard allegedly had half an ounce of methamphetamine hidden in her mouth and was able to deliver it orally to Brown.
He swallowed a balloon pill containing the drug but later died of an overdose at a local hospital.
Dollard was charged on a sealed indictment warrant in Hickman County.
“This incident highlights the very real dangers and consequences of introducing contraband into prisons,” said David Imhof, director of TDOC’s Office of Investigations and Conduct.
“Our agency will prosecute anyone who threatens the safety and security of our staff, the men and women in our custody, and our facilities.”
The Department of Corrections emphasized that it “uses a variety of tools to try to prevent the entry of contraband into Tennessee prisons, including pat downs, vehicle and cell searches, and drug detection.” “Putting Dogs”.
Body scanners are also being installed in all facilities.
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