On June 1, Tennessee authorities charged 13 people in connection with a drug ring that was allegedly smuggling narcotics into the Sullivan County Jail. The investigation into the operation was conducted by members of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office VICE and Narcotics Unit and the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office.
According to local media reports, on Dec. 10, a corrections officer received an anonymous tip that someone was going to attempt to smuggle drugs into the Sullivan County Jail. The same day, an inmate asked the officer to let him into a cell with another inmate, making the officer suspicious. The officer searched the inmate who made the request and reportedly found two packages of tobacco. Later, two other corrections officers searched the same inmate and found four more packages that allegedly contained 36.9 grams of methamphetamine, 3.3 grams of marijuana, six tablets of buprenorphine, four tablets of clonazepam and three strips of buprenorphine.
Following the discovery, an investigation was launched, and five inmates and eight civilians were charged. The defendants are facing a variety of charges, including criminal conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal facility, conspiracy to possess methamphetamine for resale, possession of methamphetamine for resale, possession of buprenorphine for resale, possession of clonazepam for resale and filing a false police report.
Defendants facing drug charges might benefit from contacting a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorney may review the charges and work to develop a solid defense against the accusations. In some cases, these actions might cause the charges to be dropped. In others, it may lead to a plea deal that significantly reduces the charges and penalties.