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Deputy jailer accused of bringing illegal drugs into jail

Rhonda J. Hall (Source: Ballard County Jail) Rhonda J. Hall (Source: Ballard County Jail)

A deputy jailer was arrested Wednesday for allegedly bringing illegal drugs into the McCracken County Jail.

Rhonda J. Hall, 32, of Ted Williams Drive is charged with promoting contraband 1st degree (Class D Felony, punishable up to 5 years in prison), and official misconduct 1st degree (class A misdemeanor).

The McCracken County Sheriff Department was contacted Wednesday by Jailer Bill Adams about information that alleged a deputy jailer being involved in bringing illegal contraband into the jail and supplying inmates. Deputies say Jailer Adams and staff assisted detectives by providing all requested information that was needed to conduct the investigation. 

Several interviews were conducted with several different people including Rhonda Hall, a deputy jailer with the McCracken County Regional Jail. During the interview Hall admitted that she was asked by an inmate to meet the inmate's friend outside and get Lortab pills for her.

Police say Hall was asked to bring the pills into her cell and provide her with them. Hall agreed and on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at around midnight Hall stated she retrieved approximately 10-15 Lortab 7.5 mg pills from an individual, concealed them in her uniform and delivered them to the inmate that had made the request.

Two Lortab 7.5 mg pills not in a proper container were found in Hall's purse. Hall was arrested and transported to another county. 

An interview with the inmate that had obtained the Lortabs confirmed Hall's story. Additional charges are possible and will be determined by further investigation.

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