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Second try at smuggling drugs into jail earns Hawkins woman six-year sentence

February 9th, 2014 3:02 pm by Jeff Bobo

Second try at smuggling drugs into jail earns Hawkins woman six-year sentence

Debra Sue Rogers

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County woman who was accused of smuggling drugs into jail while reporting to begin serving a sentence for a previous charge of smuggling drugs into jail was sentenced Friday to six years.

On Jan. 28, 2012, Debra Sue Rogers, 46, 139 Forest Road, Rogersville, reported to the Hawkins County Jail to begin serving a sentence related to a previous charge of introduction of drugs into a penal facility and driving on a revoked license.

Rogers was originally arrested on March 16, 2011 for driving on a revoked license third offense. Upon being booked into jail on that first arrest, Rogers was found with a small amount of cocaine and oxycodone in her possession.

She was eventually sentenced to serve 30 days in jail, which was to be served on weekends beginning the morning of Jan. 28, 2012, when she was charged again.

According to reports, as corrections officers were inventorying Rogers’ property, a plastic baggy fell from a folded shirt. The baggy contained loose tobacco, cigarettes, rolling papers, a lighter, along with an assortment of pills.”

The pills were later identified as Carisoprodal, Clonazepam, Klonopin and Oxycodone.

Rogers pleaded guilty Friday before Hawkins County Criminal Judge John Dugger to Class C felony possession of contraband in a penal institution. She will be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of her sentence, and was also fined $250.

Other guilty pleas heard Friday by Dugger included:

  • Ricky Lee Braford, 39, no address available, who was sentenced to three years and fined $4,000 for two counts of possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver and possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver.
  • Brittany Lashea Bush, 20, 318 Marble Hall Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to three years and fined $2,000 for facilitating the process to manufacture meth.
  • Mark Stephen Klimczak, 50, 1601 Pondella Drive, Charlotte, N.C., who was sentenced to four years, fined $750, and ordered to pay a total of $7,449 for four counts of forgery.
  • There were also several guilty pleas in Hawkins County Criminal Court Monday including:
  • Randall Joe Lane, 57, 122 Fairview Lane, Church Hill, who was sentenced to two years and one day and fined $4,000 for maintaining a dwelling for drug use, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, simple possession of Schedule II, and simple possession of Schedule IV.
  • Johnny White, 44, 148 Virginia Street, Kingsport, who was sentenced to 1.5 years and fined $2,000 for possession of controlled substance analogue, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of the Habitual Motor Offender Act, and seat belt violation.
  • Donald Eugene Bowman, 47, no address available, who was sentenced to 1.5 years ad fined $1,035 for violation of the Habitual Motor Offender Act, driving on a revoked license 9th offense, no insurance, seat belt violation and registration violation.
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