A female prisoner who allegedly smuggled drugs into the jail in February appeared for sentencing in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, April 10.
24 year old Natalie Gail Barrett of Miller Road, Smithville entered a plea by criminal information to one count of introduction of contraband into a penal institution and received a four year sentence as a range 1 offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to a violation of probation against her. She is to enter a treatment facility and her sentence will be suspended upon her completion of long term treatment.
Barrett was one of four female prisoners charged with bringing contraband into the jail after three of them were sent to the hospital Friday night, February 17 for swallowing drugs that had been smuggled into the jail. One of the two inmates hospitalized had to be airlifted. All were later returned to jail. According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Barrett had on her a blue pill believed to be morphine and a white capsule pill thought to be Lyrica while in jail.
The women, who had apparently hidden the narcotics in their body cavities, consumed the drugs fearing they would be caught with them.
The cases against the others, 25 year old Trinity Krystina Wildbur of Vine Street, Chattanooga; 39 year old Amy Jeannette Lawson of Haley Road, Smithville; and 20 year old Olivia Hope Barber of Forrest Avenue, Smithville remain pending in court.