The introduction of contraband into state prisons is a serious violation of state law and will not be tolerated by the Tennessee Department of Correction. Visiting offenders in state prisons is a privilege. Visitors who abuse this privilege by bringing or attempting to bring contraband inside our facilities will be prosecuted. Employees discovered introducing contraband into state prisons face termination and criminal prosecution for violating the laws they have sworn to uphold.
The following is a list of contraband arrests in November, 2014:
West Tennessee State Penitentiary visitor Courtney Hopkins was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Compliance and charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility and felony possession.
West Tennessee State Penitentiary visitor Audessiya Brown was arrested by the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force and charged with simple possession and drug paraphernalia.
Northeast Correctional Complex visitor Melissa Oody was arrested for introduction of contraband into a penal facility and criminal conspiracy. 58 suboxone strips were discovered while being processed through checkpoint.
Morgan County Correctional Complex visitor Barbara Edmonson was arrested after 4.2 grams of marijuana were discovered during a routine search.
Morgan County Correctional Complex visitor Latoya Davis was arrested for introduction of contraband into a penal facility as a result of items found during a vehicle search.
Morgan County Correctional Complex visitor Amber Ricker was arrested for schedule III drugs, schedule VI drugs and drug paraphernalia as a result of items found during a vehicle search.
August, 2013 (no arrests)
November, 2012 (no arrests)