Tennessee woman charged with murder in prisoner lover's overdose death

A woman arrested and booked on suspicion of murder is charged with sending deadly drugs to a Tennessee prison through a fatal kiss with her inmate boyfriend, officials said Tuesday.

33-year-old Dixon's Rachel Dollard was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and involvement in a penitentiary in connection with the death of Joshua Brown

She was Brown's girlfriend, and in February "they exchanged a kiss during a meeting at the Terney Center Industrial Complex,"

the Tennessee Department of Corrections said in a statement, located about 105 miles southwest of downtown Nashville.

Brown swallowed a balloon pill containing half an ounce of methamphetamine and later died at a local hospital, the statement said.

He was serving an 11-year sentence for drug possession, which was due to end in 2029.

"This incident highlights the real dangers of introducing banned substances into prisons and the consequences that follow,"

David Imhof, director of the Department of Corrections' Office of Investigation and Conduct, said in a statement.

“Our agency will prosecute anyone who threatens the safety and security of our employees, the men and women in our custody and our facilities.

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