Three female prisoners were sent to the hospital Friday night and two of them were admitted after swallowing drugs that had been smuggled into the jail. One of the two inmates hospitalized had to be airlifted. All are now back in jail.
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The women, who had apparently hidden the narcotics in their body cavities, consumed the drugs fearing they would be caught with them.
As a result of the investigation, a total of four prisoners have been charged with possession of contraband in a penal institution including 25 year old Trinity Kystrina Wildbur of Vine Street, Chattanooga; 39 year old Amy Jeannette Lawson of Haley Road, Smithville; 24 year old Natalie Gail Barrett of Miller Road, Smithville; and 20 year old Olivia Hope Barber of Forrest Avenue, Smithville.
Sheriff Patrick Ray told WJLE that the story began Friday night when the sheriff’s department received a tip that a female prisoner had drugs concealed in her when she entered the jail.
Acting on that information, Sheriff Ray said he ordered a surprise shakedown of the women’s main cell and the side cell where all the female inmates are kept. Their bunks and personal belongings were searched. Some drugs were found there. All the female prisoners were then removed from the main and side cells for women one at a time and taken to a bathroom where they were individually strip searched by a female correctional officer before being taken to a holding cell.
Apparently fearing they would be subject to a warrant for a body cavity search, three of the female inmates swallowed the drugs they had hidden in their bodies. All three were taken to the hospital after one of them began showing signs of intoxication. Two were hospitalized through Monday and the other was examined and sent back to the jail Friday night.
Sheriff Ray said that Wildbur was found to have meth in personal belongings on her jail cell bunk.
A glass looking substance believed to be meth was found in Lawson’s personal belongings along with a blue pill thought to be morphine and other unidentified pills.
In addition to the contraband offense, Barrett and Barber were charged with simple possession of a schedule II and V drug. According to Sheriff Ray, Barrett and Barber had on them a blue pill believed to be morphine and a white capsule pill thought to be Lyrica.
Bond for Wildbur and Lawson is $3,000 each and $4,500 for Barrett and Barber. All will appear in court on the charges March 2.
27 year old Kimberly Dawn Hunter of Short Mountain Highway is charged with filing a false report. Her bond is $5,000 and her court date is March 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, February 18 a deputy and other sheriff’s department officers and the Tennessee Highway Patrol went to the residence to serve an arrest warrant on Bobby J. Wilson but no one came to the door. Knowing that Wilson was there, officers forced their way in and found Hunter hiding in the bathroom. The officers asked Hunter several times where Wilson was hiding. She replied that he was not there. Wilson was subsequently found in the bathroom hiding under the sink in a cabinet. Hunter was placed under arrest for filing a false report.
26 year old Bobby Jewell Wilson of Evins Mill Road, Smithville is charged with failure to appear in General Sessions Court; illegal possession or carrying or possession of a weapon by a felon; and resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest, or search. His bond on the charges totals $58,000 except for the failure to appear which is $40,000. His court date is March 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, February 18 officers went to a residence on Short Mountain Highway and took Wilson into custody on active failure to appear warrants. He was found hiding in a bathroom under a cabinet sink. While placing him under arrest, Wilson resisted by pulling his hands away from the deputy. As officers were conducting a protective sweep of the home, they found a Savage Sun City 12 gauge semi automatic shotgun under the bathtub in the space of a bedroom where Wilson was known to be staying. Wilson is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a weapon.
38 year old Stephen Anthony Patterson of Sparta Highway, Smithville is charged with a third offense of driving under the influence, driving while in possession of methamphetamine, sale or process of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of contraband in a penal institution. He was further cited for failure to maintain his lane of travel and for stopping, standing or parking in a prohibited place. His bond is $21,000 and his court date is March 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, February 19 a deputy responded to the intersection of Curtis Road and Sparta Highway due to a vehicle which was found setting at a stop sign for a long period of time. The deputy came upon the scene and saw the driver pulling out on Sparta Highway heading east before crossing over into the oncoming lane of travel. The vehicle eventually stopped at a residence on Sparta Highway. The officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Patterson who was slumped over in the vehicle . His eyes were bloodshot and he appeared to be under the influence. Patterson performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and was placed under arrest. While conducting a search of Patterson, the deputy found in his right front pocket a baggie in a metal container which held 0.93 grams of methamphetamine which field tested positive. The container also held 43 ½ xanax pills. The officer also found and recovered $467 in cash on Patterson’s person. After Patterson was transported to the jail for booking, a correctional officer found a black baggie in Patterson’s hoodie pocket which held 99 plus two halves more of xanax pills.