After the overdose death of a person incarcerated by the Tennessee Department of Corrections, their visitor has been accused of sneaking drugs into the facility and charged with murder, according to a press release from the TDOC.
Officials said that Rachel Dollard visited Turney Center Industrial Complex in February to visit Joshua Brown. According to the TDOC Dollard was seen kissing Brown during their visitation and giving him drugs.
During the kiss, Dollard transferred a balloon pellet holding half an ounce of methamphetamine to Brown, which he ended up swallowing, the TDOC alleges. According to authorities, he died later in a local hospital.
Last weekend Dollard was taken into custody by TDOC agents and the Dickson County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant from a sealed indictment in Hickman County. She was brought to Hickman county jail on charges of second-degree killing and introduction into a penal facility.
David Imhof, director of the TDOC’s Office of Investigation and Conduct, said this case illustrates the dangers of bringing contraband into prisons.
Brown was serving an 11-year sentence for drug-related charges at the time of his death. He was set to be released in 2029.
“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 spoke.
Dollard will appear in court in September, Hickman County officials told Inside Edition Digital.