A female inmate who was caught two months ago trying to smuggle a phone into the county jail inside her shoe has been nabbed again, this time trying a more novel way to stay connected.
The woman, Heather B. Knight, 24, entered a plea to her new charges and was directed by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to serve 15 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and pay $75 plus costs for bringing contraband into a penal institution. She has also been found in violation of her probation.
Her conviction comes a couple of months after she entered a plea to smuggling a cellphone into the jail. She was released on time-served on that occasion. She was busted with the phone after a man with whom she was texting turned her in. Corrections officers found the phone in the heel of her shoe.
Her new charges come after she was caught with a phone hidden inside her body during a search prior to being placed in general population at the jail.
“I was performing a second search of her person before placing her in a cell,” reported Corrections Officer Christie Bouldin, noting she directed the inmate to squat and cough.
It was at that point Knight became hesitant and the jailer spotted something “shining” from her private area.
“I asked her a second time and she admitted she had a cellphone and removed it from her person,” said Bouldin.
Under the law, smuggling any banned item into a penal institution carries the same penalty as would smuggling drugs. At Warren County Jail, cellular devices are considered contraband.