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October 8, 2013

Jail employee pleads not guilty to drug-trafficking, contraband charges

RICHMOND — A jail kitchen employee who is accused of trafficking drugs to inmates pleaded not guilty Monday.

Donna S. Hunter, 60, was arrested Sept. 21 at the Madison County Detention Center and charged with first- and second-degree promoting contraband, controlled-substance prescription not in a proper container and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Her next court appearance is 9 a.m. Oct. 23 in Madison District Court.

Hunter “illegally concealed a pack of cigarettes wrapped in duct tape inside her bra” and took them inside the Madison County Detention Center, according to a Kentucky State Police report.

Inside the pack were 13 Marlboro Reds cigarettes and 62 Tramadol 50 mg tablets, the report stated.

Hunter also is accused by the KSP of receiving $25 for delivering the items to inmates.

Hunter had a .5 mg clonazepam pill on her when she was arrested, which she told police were her own prescription. However, she did not have the pill in its original container, according to the report.

Tramadol is an opiate used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain, and clonazepam is a benzodiazepine used to control seizures and panic attacks, according to the National Institutes of Health website.

Hunter was lodged in the Rockcastle Detention Center, however her photo did not accompany her booking entry on Rockcastle County’s online inmate log.

She was released later the same day on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

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 spokesperson Trooper Paul Blanton did not know how long Hunter’s alleged drug trafficking had been investigated by the KSP.

Madison County Jailer Doug Thomas said Hunter has worked at the jail for 13 years. He did not return a call Tuesday and whether Hunter remains employed by the detention center is uncertain. Her bond conditions state she was to have no contact with the location of the offense, according to court documents.

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