AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two inmates are facing new felony charges after they allegedly tried to smuggle heroin and Xanax into Williamson County jail in March.
On March 26, deputies with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office uncovered a plot to smuggle drugs into the jail through the jail’s visitation area.
Officials say a woman visited a 31-year-old inmate, Brighton Jenkins, on March 25. Investigators discovered a note in Jenkins’ bunk area that laid out two plans on how to carry out the smuggling of drugs.
They also had audio recordings between Jenkins and the woman when she came to visit him two days in a row. Deputies say he could be heard coaching her on taping the packages of drugs to the underside of the countertop. In both recordings, investigators say the two discussed smuggling “clear,” and “dark” which are slang words for methamphetamine and heroin. They also discussed Xanax.
Later, they found a package of heroin taped under the counter and a package of Xanax on the floor directly under the heroin.
Detectives also discovered notes on the inmate side of the jail that read “did you have a hard time getting it up,” “next time wrap up the package,” “no cameras” and “did you bring the right kind of tape?”
The next day, 31-year-old inmate Jesse Walton was seen on camera cleaning the visitation area. Investigators say they saw Walton reach down and grab the packages from under the counter. He was stopped by jail staff and was taken to be questioned at the Criminal Investigation Division.
Walton allegedly admitted to investigators that he was told to pick up a package, though he said he believed it was tobacco. He refused to tell investigators who told him to collect the package.
Jenkins and Walton both face felony charges for trying to smuggle drugs into a correctional facility.