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Charges filed in plot to smuggle drugs into Fulton County jail

Thursday, August 25, 2011

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After a two month wait for evidence to be analyzed, a Salem woman has been charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into the Fulton County Jail.

Kellyn Jo Smoot, 26, was arrested on August 10 for Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Distribution of Controlled Substances Near Certain Facilties and Furnishing Prohibited Articles.

According to an Affidavit of Probable Cause for Arrest, Smoot entered the Fulton County Jail on June 4, and gave Jailer William Lowman numerous white envelopes and stationery for inmate Nathan Roberts to use.

Lowman followed established procedure and inspected the items before accepting them for delivery to Roberts.

During the inspection, Lowman discovered an "unknown white granular substance" inside several envelopes.

Upon discovery of the powder, Smoot asked that the envelopes be returned to her. When Lowman refused the request, Smoot left the jail.

The suspicious envelopes were turned over to the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

Investigators who examined the envelopes believed the white substance inside them to be crushed medicine tablets, and the evidence was submitted the Arkansas State Crime Lab for analysis.

The crime lab analysis determined the substance "to be 0.5579 grams of alprazolam, a Schedule VI controlled substance."

Based on the finding, criminal charges were filed and an arrest warrant sought for Smoot. Smoot was later arrested in Lawrence County.

Besides delivering a prohibited controlled substance to the jail, Smoot faces an additional 10 years in prison for distributing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church.

According to the Arrest Affidavit, the Fulton County Jail, where the drugs were delivered, is less than 1,000 feet from the Salem United Methodist Church, located west of the square on Church Street.

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