NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Correction staff foiled an attempt to sneak a large amount of contraband inside Riverbend Maximum Security Prison.
TDOC officers intercepted the prohibited items on Feb. 22; which included 3.9 ounces of marijuana, 10.6 ounces of loose tobacco, 11 cell phones, two SIM cards, nine USB chargers with charging blocks, three lighters, three rolls of electrical tape, 14 hanging air fresheners and 50 cigar wraps.
Special agents with the TDOC began an aggressive investigation, which linked the contraband to prisoners assigned to work on the facility’s landscaping crew.
It was determined the offenders conspired with outside sources, including Janet Utley, to smuggle the items into the prison.
TDOC reported Utley was arrested Tuesday and charged with two felony counts of introduction of contraband into a penal institution.