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Police arrest Blountville jail visitor on drug charges

Staff reportt • Oct 29, 2018 at 12:32 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A woman who was already under investigation for alleged narcotics distribution has been arrested for reportedly visiting an inmate with drugs in her vehicle.

Police say Jennifer Lynn Cole, 34, of Kingsport, also had two packages of tobacco and admitted that she planned to smuggle them into the jail "in her body."

According to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred Saturday night. Cole had driven to the jail extension for video visitation with an inmate, with officers knowing that her license was suspended for failure to appear and failure to pay fines. When she departed the facility in her Nissan Pathfinder, a traffic stop was conducted.

A K-9 reportedly alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. Police say a search located a small bag of meth, a single Xanax pill and syringes. One syringe was allegedly loaded with an unknown substance while others contained blood.

The SCSO reports Cole also possessed two rolls of tobacco wrapped in electrical tape. According to police, Cole said "she had prepared the tobacco to bring into the Sullivan County jail in her body."

Digital scales, an arm tourniquet, a 9 mm bullet and five cell phones were also seized from Cole's vehicle, as was a note that allegedly referenced introducing various drugs into the jail.

Previous to the Saturday incident, police were reportedly familiar with Cole's "involvement in ongoing investigations into the distribution of illegal narcotics in Sullivan County." She is now charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license.

As of Monday morning, Cole remained held in the Sullivan County jail on $3,000 bond.

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