By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
RICHMOND — A Madison County Detention Center employee has been charged with smuggling drugs into the jail to distribute to inmates, according to the Kentucky State Police.
Donna Sue Hunter of Richmond was arrested Saturday morning at the detention center by a KSP narcotics detective, a KSP news release stated.
Her age was listed as 50 in the release, but her online booking information indicates she is 60.
Hunter has been charged with first- and second-degree promoting contraband, controlled-substance prescription not in a proper container (first offense) and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Only first-degree promoting contraband is a felony charge, punishable by one to five years in prison. The rest are misdemeanor charges that carry sentences of less than a year in jail.
KSP Post 7 spokesman Trooper Paul Blanton said he did not have information on what type of pills Hunter is accused of bringing into the jail.
“We believe she brought (the pills) into the facility for the purpose of giving them to inmates,” Blanton said.
Blanton did not know how long Hunter’s alleged drug trafficking has been investigated by the KSP.
Hunter has been lodged in the Rockcastle Detention Center, according to the news release. Her photo did not accompany her booking entry on Rockcastle County’s online inmate log.
In July, another Madison County Detention Center employee was indicted on a charge of first-degree official misconduct in connection with his son’s incarceration at the facility.
Lt. Jamie Lee Wynn is accused of interfering or circumventing procedures at the jail to give his son preferential treatment, according to the indictment.
First-degree official misconduct is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by 90 days to 12 months in jail and a fine less than or equal to $500.
Wynn is scheduled for a pretrial conference at 11 a.m. Sept. 30 in Madison District Court.
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