Woman's Kiss to Inmate Led to Fatal Drug Overdose, Officials Say

A woman is facing murder charges after passing drugs to an inmate by kissing him which eventually resulted in a fatal overdose.

The Tennessee Department of Corrections said in a press release on Wednesday that a woman identified as Rachal Dollard was taken into custody this weekend by corrections department special agents and officers with the Dickson County Sheriff's Department.

The arrest and charges filed against Dollard come several months after the initial incident involving the kiss, which occurred in February, the Tennessee Department of Corrections said.

According to the press release, in February, Dollard was seen by guards at the Turney Center Industrial Complex sharing a kiss with an inmate identified as Joshua Brown. During their kiss, Dollard passed a "balloon pellet containing half an ounce of methamphetamine," to Brown, who eventually swallowed it, the Tennessee Department of Corrections said.

After swallowing the pellet containing the drugs, Brown later died at a local hospital from an overdose.

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A couple embraces in a kiss. A woman has been charged after allegedly giving drugs to an inmate during a kiss. The inmate later died of overdose. FlamingoImages/Getty Images

A spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Corrections told Newsweek that Brown was 30 years old and was serving an 11-year jail sentence on drug charges. "His sentence was set to expire in 2029," the spokesperson said.

Following the arrest of Dollard, she was transported to the Hickman County jail. She is currently being held on several charges including "second-degree murder and introduction of contraband into a penal facility."

In the press release, the Tennessee Department of Corrections said that it "employs a variety of tools" to prevent drugs and other contraband from getting into jail facilities, "including pat searches of anyone entering a facility, vehicle and cell searches, and drug detection dogs." The press release also noted that officials are working to install body scanners in some jail facilities as an added prevention method.

"This incident points to the real dangers of introducing contraband into prisons and the consequences that follow," Tennessee Department of Correction's Office of Investigations and Conduct Director David Imhof 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."

A similar incident occurred in June when a jail facility nurse in Georgia was accused of passing drugs to an inmate. According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, the jail nurse, identified as Shaneika Roberts, was seen on surveillance video footage placing an item in an inmate's pocket. A search of the inmate's jail cell eventually turned up the drugs and Roberts was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

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