Drug smuggling

A woman arrested while visiting the Henry County Jail on Saturday allegedly smuggled narcotics inside, where she and two inmates snorted them behind bars.

Jennifer Nicole Swinney, 33, of 245 Urban Dive in Axton came to the jail at about 9:28 a.m. to visit an inmate, a sheriff's office release stated.

Deputies discovered that Swinney was wanted on a charge of contempt of court, and they arrested her.

Swinney was searched, the release said, and turned over to the jail staff, who booked her and conducted an intake search, too. At about 10:30 a.m. Swinney was placed in a cell with other inmates.

At about 12:30 pm, members of the jail staff learned that a female inmate was suffering from an apparent medical issue. The Henry County Department of Public Safety was called and subsequently transported her to Sovah Martinsville, where she was treated and released back into the custody of the jail. 

A second inmate was checked by the Fieldale-Collinsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, but she required no medical treatment, the release said.

That's when investigators learned that Swinney allegedly had concealed narcotics inside of a body cavity before being taken into custody. The actual narcotics were not identified but were referred to as opiates.

And because Swinney allegedly had the drugs inside her, they could not be detected by standard search procedures, the release said. 

“The sheriff’s office will not be releasing the medical information of any inmate,” Sheriff's Capt. Wayne Davis said in an email. “Laboratory testing has only identified it [the narcotics] as an opiate.”

Swinney was charged with possession of a schedule I substance, distribution of a schedule I substance and possession of a chemical compound within a correctional facility. All the charges are felonies.

Mikayla Jae Thomas, 25, of 3573 Longview Drive, Collinsville, was charged with possession of a chemical compound within a correctional facility (felony). 

Kimmarie Dawn Kennon, 24, of 1380 Trent Hill Drive, Bassett, was charged with possession of a chemical compound within a correctional facility (felony). 

All three are being held without bond.

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