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Ironton woman indicted in Virginia

 

Accused of giving heroin to inmate

 

An Ironton woman accused of smuggling heroin to a prison inmate in Virginia was arrested last week.

A warrant was issued Dec. 18 by the State of Virginia for Ashley Wilson, 20. The Ironton Police Department arrested Wilson on that warrant on Dec. 21.

Detective Joe Ross said Sgt. Jamie Pruitt and Patrolman Josh Chavez received a tip that the woman was at a home in the 600 block of South Ninth Street.

“They did a stakeout of the house,” Ross said. “As she left the house, they made an arrest on her.”

Wilson was indicted by a Western District of Virginia grand jury on Dec. 17. The indictment states on Sept. 21, 2012, Wilson “provided to a inmate of a federal prison, a prohibited object …” The charge is a second-degree felony.

She was also charged with providing false information on a Bureau of Prisons form that she did not possess narcotics and drugs, a third-degree felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony.

Also indicted in the case was Jamel Chawlone Brown, an inmate at the prison.

He was charged with possession of contraband in prison, a first-degree felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony.

Wilson appeared for an initial hearing in Virginia on Dec. 23 where she was appointed a public defender. The magistrate set an own-recognizance bond and set arraignment on Jan. 7.

Brown is also set to be arraigned on the same date.

An indictment is a formal allegation that an individual has committed a crime.

The accused are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.