After the prisoner Joshua Brownpassed away soon after their kiss, a woman in Tennessee Rachel Dollard who had been visiting him at that time has been charged with murder.
The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) and the Dickson County Sheriff’s Department sent out special agents over the weekend to capture Rachel Dollard, the TDOC announced in a statement on Tuesday. Drug smuggling inside the Turney Center Industrial Complex is allegedly something she did.
According to the TDOC, Dollard is being held in the Hickman County jail and is accused of second-degree murder and bringing contraband into a prison.
The accusations follow Joshua Brown’s passing while he was serving an 11-year term for drug-related offences. The end of his sentence was 2029.
Authorities claim that Dollard gave narcotics to Brown during a visitation in February “while the two had a kiss during visitation at the Turney Center Industrial Complex.” Dollard allegedly managed to provide Brown oral access to half an ounce of methamphetamine she was carrying in her mouth.
He inhaled the drug-filled balloon pellet, but later passed away at a nearby hospital from an overdose.
Dollard was accused in Hickman County according to a warrant from a sealed indictment.
David Imhof, the head of the TDOC’s Office of Investigations and Conduct, remarked that this episode “shows to the true hazards of introducing contraband into prisons and the consequences that follow.”
“Our agency will pursue prosecution against any individual who threatens the safety and security of our staff, the men and women in our custody, and our facilities.”
The Department of Correction stressed that it uses “a variety of tools to try to prevent the introduction of contraband into Tennessee prisons including pat searches of anyone entering a facility, vehicle and cell searches, and drug detection dogs.”