Jail visitor charged with murder after passing drugs to inmate with a kiss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A woman was arrested in Tennessee after corrections officials said she passed a deadly amount of drugs to an inmate while kissing him.

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Rachal Dollard was charged with second-degree murder and introduction of contraband into a penal facility, the Tennessee Department of Corrections said in a news release.

Investigators said in the news release that Dollard was observed passing drugs to Joshua Brown during a visitation at the Turney Center Industrial Complex. Brown later died at a hospital after swallowing a balloon containing half an ounce of methamphetamine.

“This incident points to the real dangers of introducing contraband into prisons and the consequences that follow,” David Imhof, Director of TDOC’s Office of Investigations and Conduct, said in a statement. “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.”

Brown had been serving an 11-year sentence for drug-related crimes when he died, WSMV reported. His sentence was scheduled to end in 2029.