Walker County Sheriff Investigator Chuck Tidwell said Nancy Herbert, 58, of 100 Richardson Subdivision Road in Parrish, and Krista Danielle Nesmith, 35, of 454 Wonder Lane in Parrish, were both taken into custody at the county jail during a visit to an inmate.
Herbert and Nesmith have each been charged with promoting prison contraband and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
“We obtained information that these two women were allegedly planning to drop several items that prisoners are not allowed to have at the jail into our jail van, which is used to transport inmates from the jail back and forth to court,” Tidwell said. “The drop was made Wednesday morning while the van was sitting outside the Walker County Courthouse.”
Jail Administrator Trent McCluskey recovered a container filled with several items from the van before it made its way back to the jail.
Tidwell said the container recovered from the van contained a pack of coffee, cigarettes, three bags of tobacco, three packs of rolling papers, two lighters and two small plastic bags — one containing a variety of pills and another smaller bag that contained a white substance, which was later found to be methamphetamine.
“When the two women came to the jail on Thursday to visit an inmate, we pulled them aside and interviewed both of them,” Tidwell said. “We told them what we had and what we knew, and after a few minutes, they admitted to making the drop on Wednesday. They also turned over several items they were apparently planning to attempt to sneak into the jail during their visit Thursday.”
Tidwell said the items confiscated Thursday included four bags of tobacco, a man’s travel kit with a razor, two lighters, a pipe used for smoking crack cocaine and a tiny vile with a lid.
“Besides being charged with promoting prison contraband, the two women were also informed they were barred from visiting the jail ever again,” Tidwell said. “We do everything we can to try and stop this stuff from getting into the jail, but it’s hard sometimes. Our jailers did a really good job on this investigation, and we were able to confiscate all that stuff before it was able to make its way into jail.”
Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said his office will be assisting the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and county jail with their investigation of cases regarding the promotion of prison contraband.
“I’m very concerned about the issues of public safety and the safety of the jail employees that are raised when someone does something like this,” Adair said. “My office will be prosecuting anyone arrested on charges of promoting prison contraband to the fullest extent the law will legally allow.”
Adair said his office was also investigating several other potential cases regarding illegal contraband being sneaked into the jail.