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UPDATE: Three charged after woman smuggles drugs inside of her to visit Henry County inmate

Updated: Jun 10, 2019


LEFT TO RIGHT: Jennifer Nicole Swinney, Mikayla Jae Thomas and Kimmarie Dawn Kennon

On June 8, 2019, at approximately 9:28 am Jennifer Nicole Swinney, 33, of 245 Urban Dr., Axton, VA came to the Henry County Jail to take part in the jail’s inmate visitation. 


Deputies discovered that Swinney was wanted on an outstanding warrant for contempt of court. 


The arresting deputy conducted a search of Swinney, and she was turned over to the jail staff who then processed her into the facility and conducted an intake search of her person. 


Swinney was placed into the jail population at approximately 10:30 am.


At approximately 12:30 pm, the Henry County Jail staff was made aware of a female inmate who was suffering from an apparent medical issue. 


The Henry County Department of Public Safety responded to the jail where they transported one female inmate to SOVAH Health Martinsville. 


The inmate was treated and released back to the custody of the Henry County Jail. 


A second female inmate of the Henry County Jail was checked by the Fieldale-Collinsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, she required no medical treatment.


Through the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Jennifer Nicole Swinney concealed narcotics inside of a body cavity prior to being taken into custody by deputies. 


Due to the narcotics being concealed inside of a body cavity, they were unable to be detected by standard search procedures. 


After Swinney was placed into the jail population, she and two other inmates snorted the opiates.


Jennifer Nicole Swinney, 33, of 245 Urban Dr., Axton, VA was charged with the following:

  • Possession of a schedule I substance

  • Distribution of a schedule I substance

  • Possession of a chemical compound within a correctional facility

All Charges are felonies. 


Swinney is currently held in the Henry County Jail without bond.


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


Thomas is currently held in the Henry County Jail without bond.


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


Kennon is currently held in the Henry County Jail without bond.


ORIGINAL STORY

HENRY COUNTY – The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after drugs were smuggled into the jail Saturday.


The sheriff’s office says a female being processed smuggled drugs into the jail Saturday morning.


Later, an inmate already in the jail took some of the drugs and had to be taken to the hospital.


The inmate is still in the hospital at this time but is stable, according to the sheriff’s office.


The incident remains under investigation.

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