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Middlesboro woman arrested on drug charges tries to smuggle in more drugs during booking process

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Donna Simmon - BCDC

On Friday December 10, 2021, at 6:35 pm Middlesboro Officer Ryan Collins arrested 31-year-old Donna Simmon of Middlesboro on a drug trafficking warrant and multiple motor vehicle violations on 15th Street and Cumberland Avenue.

Before being booked into the Bell County Detention Center, Simmon told officer Collins about a bag of Marijuana in the front of her underwear. She was warned that if she had anything else illegal on her she would face additional charges and told the officer she didn’t have anything.

Once inside the jail and during the booking process, Simmon realized she was going to be searched by Deputy Jailers Saylor and Bennett, so she removed a hidden large bag of Methamphetamine wrapped in electrical tape.

Suspicious that there was more hidden contraband, Deputy Jailer Bennett ordered a mobile x-ray to be performed. Simmons maintained she had nothing else, but the x-ray revealed another large bag of suspected Methamphetamine also wrapped in electrical tape inside Simmon’s body cavity. Both packages weighed approximately (4) four ounces.

Altogether she has been charged with trafficking in controlled substance – 1st degree, 2nd offense or greater (Methamphetamine), 2 counts of trafficking in controlled substance – 1st degree, 2nd offense or greater (greater than 2 grams – Methamphetamine), promoting contraband, 2 counts of promoting contraband – 1st degree, 2 counts of tampering with physical evidence, possession of Marijuana, no insurance, no operators license, and failure to register transfer of motor vehicle.

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