In January, Virginia authorities uncovered an alleged drug distribution ring operating out of the Rappahannock Regional Jail. The ring was discovered after drugs were located inside a prisoner’s prosthetic leg.
According to news reports, correctional officers were tipped off that drugs might be hidden in a particular inmate’s jail cell. A search of the cell yielded somewhere between 3 and 7 grams of cocaine stashed inside the inmate’s prosthetic leg. Court records show the inmate was incarcerated on Jan. 11 for allegedly possessing marijuana and pandering. He had been taken into custody by the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, and it was apparently a Spotsylvania detective that informed the officers the inmate was dealing drugs inside the facility.
After receiving the tip, officers listened to multiple phone calls between the inmate, his roommate and others. From the calls, they learned that the inmate’s girlfriend was processing payments for drug sales using a mobile app. Officers then received a warrant to search the mobile app for payment details.
Individuals charged with drug crimes can face serious consequences, especially if they are repeat offenders. For instance, typical drug sentences in Virginia involve years in prison and heavy fines. However, by working with a criminal defense attorney, it may be possible for defendants to successfully fight drug charges and receive a more positive outcome. An attorney could investigate the charges and exploit inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case. In some situations, legal counsel could use this to build a strong defense and get the charges dismissed. In other circumstances, the attorney may advise negotiating for a plea bargain that allows the defendant to plead guilty to reduced charges, which could lead to a more lenient sentence.
Source: Fredericksburg, “Authorities find drugs hidden inside Rappahannock Regional Jail inmate’s prosthetic leg,” Keith Epps, Feb. 7, 2019