Woman charged with smuggling drugs into Chesterfield jail after ‘powdery substance’ sends 10 to hospital

Chesterfield County

7 deputies, 3 nurses sent for evaluation and observation

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A woman has been charged with smuggling drugs into Chesterfield County jail after several deputies and staff members were exposed to an unknown white substance during a ‘shake down’ Thursday night.

Elisabeth Moore, 35, of Oakforest Drive in Chesterfield, was jailed on August 14 for a drug court violation. Thursday night, she was found to be in possession of a ‘powdery substance’ that sent seven deputies and three nurses to local hospitals. Each has since been released.

Moore has been charged with one felony count of ‘Prisoner Possession of a Chemical Unlawfully Received,’ acccording to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office. She will appear in court at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 19.

Emergency crews were called to the Chesterfield County Jail, located at the 6900 block of Mimms Drive, for a EMS call just before 9 p.m. According to a Chesterfield County Sheriff Karl Leonard, a routine search for contraband was being conducted in the transit area – where new inmates are processed – Thursday night.

Sometime during that search, deputies were exposed to a white powdery substance. The deputies experienced light headiness and skin rashes, a release from the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office said.

None of the inmates showed any symptoms, Leonard added.

Authorities did not say what the substance was.

Emergency response crews, including HAZMAT, responded to the scene. An investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for updates.

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