A Gilbert resident who had been arrested on a charge of battery by the Gilbert Police Department is now facing an additional charge of aiding escape and other offenses to adults and juveniles in custody, after she was discovered to be concealing baggies containing prescription pills inside her mouth.
According to the criminal complaint completed and filed by Southwestern Regional Jail (SWVRJA) Corrections Officer Pamela McNeeley, Heather Robinette, 38, appeared to begin choking and gagging while undergoing a strip search during her booking procedures on the battery charge, and was made to open her mouth and spit out what she was attempting to conceal. After inspecting the contraband, McNeeley stated it included two baggies that contained a total of 12 Xanax, six Fioricet, eight Neurontin tablets and three pills that were identified as an antibiotic.
Robinette was originally arraigned before Mingo Magistrate Pam Newsome on the battery charge and was issued a bond of $1,000. She was arraigned by Logan County Magistrate Dwight Williams on the charge of aiding escape and other offenses to adults and juveniles in custody and had her bond amount set at $5,000.
Several attempts have been made during the last 2-3 weeks by inmates to smuggle contraband that includes prescription drugs and marijuana into the SWVRJA, and law enforcement officers, court bailiffs and correction officers have had to beef up their search and detection skills, in order to stay a step ahead of those who choose to break the law in this manner.
“When a defendant is in magistrate court or circuit court here in Mingo County, we keep a close eye on every movement they make to deter these types of crimes from happening,” stated Mingo County Chief Court Marshal, Yogi Croaff. “This is something that we take very seriously, and I can assure that if you try to smuggle drugs while you’re in our court system, you will be caught, charged and prosecuted.”
Robinette was released from custody after meeting the requirements of her bail and is scheduled to appear in magistrate court in both Mingo and Logan County for a preliminary hearing on these charges.