Woman, inmates charged after allegedly smuggling tobacco into prison

A woman and two male inmates are charged after they allegedly smuggled tobacco into the Jackson County Correctional Institute.

The Jackson County District Attorney's office says Deidra A. Hart of Sparta is charged with delivery of illegal articles to an inmate. Inmates Justin R. Layton and Charles T. Ritchie are charged as parties to the crime.

The criminal complaint shows Ritchie paid a $1,000 to have the smokeless tobacco smuggled in. Investigators say on October 30, 2009 Hart passed the tobacco to Layton through several balloons by kissing him and through a chip bag. The complaint says that Layton would then swallow the balloon.

Layton told detectives Hart needed the money because she had just lost her job.

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