Woman accused of smuggling contraband to Hawkins inmates

Jeff Bobo • May 21, 2007 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Sneedville woman who allegedly slipped a pack of cigarettes and a lighter under the exercise yard fence to Hawkins County Jail inmates last week quickly found herself an inmate accused of drug trafficking.

The incident occurred last Wednesday when jailer Bill Henard allegedly witnessed Betsy Massengill Gilliam, 40, 1821 East Pumpkin Valley Road, Sneedville, kneeling at the south end of the exercise yard trying to place something under the fence.

Henard said that as he left his station and rounded a corner headed in Gilliam’s direction, other inmates began to yell at Gilliam that Henard was coming.

Henard stated in his report he called for Gilliam to stop, and she complied, at which time Henard escorted her to the recreation yard.

Henard then recovered the pack of cigarettes and lighter, at which time a witness told Henard that Gilliam had stuck something in her pants. Deputy jailer Wendy Huckaby was then called to assist in a search of Gilliam.

The search allegedly revealed Gilliam to be in possession of a small package containing 19 pills consisting of morphine, OxyContin, oxycodone and Seroquel, as well as a package of loose tobacco and rolling papers.

A check of Gilliam’s pocketbook allegedly revealed her to be in possession of a pill bottle containing an additional 61 oxycodone pills, 22 morphine pills and seven Seroquel pills.

Gilliam was charged with introduction of drugs into the county jail, possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale, and violation of the Drug Control Act.

Following her arrest Wednesday, Gilliam was released on $10,000 bond.

Gilliam is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court on June 4.

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