Columbus Woman Arrested After Attempting To Smuggle Drugs Into Jail

(COLUMBUS) – For the second time officers found an inmate attempting to smuggle drugs into the Bartholomew County jail.


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Joanna Gearhart, photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department
On Friday, the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team and Bartholomew County Jail Officers suspected that 34-year-old Joanna Gearhart, of Columbus, was using a body cavity to conceal illegal narcotics while incarcerated.
A search warrant was obtained and officers found multiple narcotic related items including meth, suboxone, and marijuana.
Gearhart is facing new charges drug charges and trafficking with an inmate.
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Kristen Hunter, photo courtesy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.
Officers received a tip that 34-year-old Kristen Hunter was going to try to smuggle drugs into the jail after she received a 30-day sentence.
Authorities obtained a search warrant and she was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital where hospital officials found two and a half grams of heroin, suboxone pills, two other unidentified pills and two unopened packs of cigarettes hidden in a “body cavity”.
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Photo courtesy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.
She now is facing three additional charges.
Sheriff Matt Myers says bringing drugs into the jail is not only a crime, but it is extremely dangerous and puts the safety of corrections officers, staff, inmates and members of our community at risk. Sheriff Myers says he is considering purchasing a body scanner that could detect attempts of smuggling drugs into the jail.
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Photo courtesy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

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