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Inmate sentenced for smuggling pills into jail
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A Warren County Jail inmate has been given a five-year sentence for smuggling contraband into the facility.
The smuggler, Dana Annette Kennedy, 44, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley on the charge of introduction of contraband into a penal institution. She was ordered to serve 250 days of a five-year sentence with the balance of her term to be spent on probation once she finishes her jail time. She must also pay $250 plus court costs and perform 40 hours public service work as part of her sentence.
Her sentence comes after she turned herself in at the local jail to serve time she had been sentenced to by the court. However, while she was turning herself in, someone contacted the jail and reported she had contraband on her person. Female jailers followed Kennedy to the showers as she was preparing to get dressed out and be put in the general jail population. She was asked at that point if she had anything on her, with the jailers warning they could get a search warrant to search her entire body.
“She gave up the tobacco,” the jailer wrote in her warrant against Kennedy, noting tobacco is a banned substance at Warren County Jail.
After giving up the tobacco, Kennedy finished showering and got dressed and was placed in her cell. She was also given a blanket and new roll of toilet paper. It was shortly after that a second discovery was made.
“There was a pill bottle, lighter, papers, and rolled up pills found in the new roll of toilet paper,” jail documents revealed, adding the contraband had been smuggled in, likely inside Kennedy’s body, wrapped tightly inside electrical tape. The pills were later identified as Quetiapine, used for bipolar disorder.