Woman accused of smuggling drugs into jail

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - A Floyd County woman is now facing charges after jail officials say she tried to smuggle drugs in to her husband.

It started as what seemed like a normal jail visit, a wife bringing her husband under garments, but officials say it quickly turned into something else.

"All incoming articles, they are searched thoroughly. They discovered they had contraband," said Jailer Roger Webb.

They say Brianna Maynard had a towel inside the bag of clothing, and something was not quite right.

"It was hard to discover, but we knowed the irregularity in the seam. It was a little bit larger than it's supposed to be," said Webb.

When they cut it open, they say they found Suboxone strips hidden inside.

"Split the towel seam and put them in there and very very professionally sewed that seam back up," said Webb.

Officials say smuggling is a big problem for jails.

"The jail does a real good job of checking them, but I just don't see this stuff letting up," said Prestonsburg Assistant Police Chief Bryan Hall.

Officials say drug abuse is growing, especially with prescription drugs. They say it is not only in this area, but everywhere you look, and smuggling it into jails is a hard battle to fight.

"There's just no way to stop it. Where there's a will there's a way, and it seems like that's always the case," said Hall.

"It's an illness, and once it gets a hold on people they will steal or do anything to get those drugs," said Webb.

Maynard is charged with promoting contraband. She was released on a $2,000 bond.


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