A woman has been charged with murder after sharing a kiss while visiting a man in jail who died a short while later.
Rachel Dollard, 33, was visiting inmate Joshua Brown, who was serving an 11-year sentence on drug-related charges, at the Turney Center Industrial Complex prison in Tennessee in February.
During the visitation the pair were seen kissing, which was how officers believe Dollard passed Brown a balloon pellet containing half an ounce of methamphetamine, Brown then swallowed the pellet.
Rachel Dollard was taken into custody over the weekend by special agents from the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) and the Dickson County Sheriff’s Department, the TDOC confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. She is accused of smuggling drugs into the Turney Center Industrial Complex.
Dollard is facing charges of second-degree murder and introduction of contraband into a penal facility and is currently being held in the Hickman County jail, the TDOC said.
Brown was said to have swallowed the balloon pellet containing the drug and died later of an overdose at a local hospital.
“This incident points to the real dangers of introducing contraband into prisons and the consequences that follow,” said David Imhof, director of TDOC’s Office of Investigations and Conduct.
“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.”