A Florida inmate has been charged with first-degree murder after a fellow inmate died from an overdose caused by drugs she allegedly smuggled into prison in her vagina.
Jennifer Lane Patrick was arrested after police discovered video that depicted her handing something to fellow inmate Lorraine Gardner on September 7, according to the Orlando Sentinel, an Orlando-based newspaper.
The video shows Gardner holding the object to her face before becoming distressed and then unresponsive. Staff at the Marion County Jail were unable to resuscitate Gardner.
Gardner was arrested on July 2 and was charged with possession of methamphetamine and probation violations for possession of MDMA and possession of cocaine, according to Village-news.com.
She had also previously been arrested on April 30 and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
A medical examiner later determined that Gardner had died from a mix of heroin and fentanyl.
Phone calls between Patrick and her boyfriend, Scott Derringer, revealed the two had both made incriminating statements pertaining to the drugs and their entrance into the prison system.
Police believe that Patrick smuggled the drugs in her private parts: A video taken after Gardner's overdose shows a baggie falling from Patrick's pants during a second contraband search, according to Village-news.com.
Derringer was arrested and booked on charges that include solicitation to possess fentanyl, trafficking heroin, and battery on a law enforcement officer, jail records show, according to the New York Post.
Along with the first-degree murder charge, Patrick now faces charges of possession of fentanyl and introduction of contraband into jail.
She is now being held with no bond, according to a police report.
[Photo Credit: Marion County Jail]
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