Aug 18, 2022 Simply Myself

Woman charged with murder for allegedly passing drugs in kiss with inmate boyfriend

A woman was charged with murder after allegedly passing drugs to her incarcerated boyfriend through a kiss at a Tennessee prison

Rachel Dollard was taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder and introduction into a penal facility on Tuesday, August 16.

Rachel Dollard, 33, visited inmate Joshua Brown, who was serving an 11-year sentence on drug-related charges, at the Turney Center Industrial Complex Prison in February.

During the visit, the pair exchanged a kiss in which Dollard slipped the inmate a balloon pellet containing half an ounce of methamphetamine.

Brown died from an overdose shortly after swallowing the pellet. His sentence was set to expire in 2029.

"This incident points to the real dangers of introducing contraband into prisons and the consequences that follow," said David Imhof, director of TDOC’s Office of Investigations and Conduct.

"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," Imhof said.

Body scanners are currently being installed in all correctional facilities.