Drug tainted toilet water from jail cell leads to new charges for Hawkins woman

Jeff Bobo • Jun 25, 2013 at 12:07 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Church Hill woman who’d been arrested on several charges including DUI and drug possession Saturday morning had new charges added after allegedly smuggling pills into jail.

Kayla Brooke Johnson, 22, 221 Country Lane Lot 7, Church Hill, had allegedly concealed a Suboxone pill bottle in her vagina, and upon being confined in her cell, attempted to flush the pills down the toilet.

When jailers found an empty pill bottle in her cell they reportedly took a sample of the toilet water, which allegedly tested positive for narcotics.

Johnson was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday after an earlier altercation on Country Lane involving her and her passenger was reported to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office.

The HCSO had been alerted to be on the lookout for Johnson’s gold 1996 Honda Accord, which was spotted by Deputy Reba Matthews eastbound on Highway 11-W near the New Canton Road intersection.

Matthews attempted a traffic stop but Johnson allegedly refused to stop, and the vehicle was finally stopped at the Goshen Valley Road intersection.

Matthews stated in her report that Johnson appeared under the influence, and that Johnson admitted to have taken her Suboxone prescription.

Johnson was allegedly unable to perform a field sobriety exam, and told Matthews she was pregnant.

Upon searching the Honda Matthews allegedly recovered a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, rolling papers, a marijuana “one-hitter” pipe, and several syringes.

Johnson was reportedly seen retrieving a pill bottle from her purse and stashing it in the crotch area of her shorts.

She was asked to take out the pill bottle and place it in the trunk area of her vehicle.

Johnson’s passenger, April Rebekah Willis, 29, of Bristol, was also being investigated during this time. Willis allegedly gave deputies false names, birth dates and social Security numbers.

Eventually deputies found photo copies of Willis’s I.D. information in the glove compartment.

Willis, who was charged with criminal impersonation, allegedly admitted she lied about her name because she was wanted in Sullivan County.

Meanwhile Johnson had been invited to sit in the trunk area of her vehicle because she was unsteady on her feet. When she got up the pill bottle, which had contained only three pills despite being filled Wednesday, was missing.

“While deputies were dealing with the other subject she (Johnson) was left unattended in the back seat of the patrol car,” Matthews said. “When checking on her before transporting to the jail she had gotten one hand out of the cuffs and there was a used tampon lying on the back floorboard of the car.”

Matthews said Johnson was informed about the seriousness of introduction of drugs into a penal institution, which is a felony.

During a search at the jail a female jailer reportedly saw a white object protruding from Johnson’s vagina.

Johnson was placed in a monitored cell, and after a few minutes another jailer allegedly observed Johnson place something in the toilet.

When jailers entered the cell there was a pill bottle on the table with Johnson’s name on it, but no pills.

Narcotics Unit Detective Jeff Hilton then interviewed Johnson, who allegedly admitted she brought the Suboxone pills into the jail, and then flushed them to avoid further charges.

From her initial arrest Johnson was charged with DUI, evading arrest, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, no insurance driving on a revoked license, and violation of the Implied Consent law.

At the jail she was additionally charged with introduction of a controlled substance into a penal facility and tampering with evidence.

She was arraigned Monday in Sessions Court, and remained held on $50,000 bond, with a preliminary hearing set for July 8.

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