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Woman Arrested For Trying To Sneak Drugs Into City Jail

Tiffany Renae Jackson Tiffany Renae Jackson

Release from the Richmond City Jail:

RICHMOND, VA—Sheriff C.T. Woody, Jr. reported that a second woman in as many weeks was arrested Tuesday for attempting to enter the visitation area of the Richmond City Jail with a small bag of marijuana concealed inside her purse.

On Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 08:55 a.m., Tiffany Renae Jackson, 23, and her two small children sought entry into the visitation lobby of the Richmond City Jail. During her initial security screening, two packs of cigarettes were discovered in Jackson's purse. Further scrutiny of the purse led to the recovery of a clear plastic container filled with a green leafy substance, later deemed to be marijuana. The discovery of this substance led to her arrest and detainment and arrangements were made for a relative to pick up her two children.

While she was waiting to be processed, Ms. Jackson voluntarily revealed that she had removed an additional sum of marijuana from her person during her security check, and ‘thrown it behind a chair.' A Sheriff's deputy immediately located and recovered the drugs.

Ms. Jackson was taken before a Magistrate and charged with one count possession of marijuana, first offense, and one count attempted delivery of drugs to a confined prisoner. She was subsequently processed and released around 01:55 p.m. on a $1,000 bond.

"No parent ever wants to look bad in front of their kids. My hope is that this young lady will turn this arrest into something which motivates her to be a strong positive example in their lives, and steer clear of all illegal substances." – Sheriff C.T. Woody, Jr.

Simple possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail, a $500 fine for a first offense, or both. The charge of ‘delivery of or the attempted delivery of a controlled substance to a confined prisoner' is a class 5 felony under Virginia Code.

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