Mother, son charged with trying to smuggle drugs into Sullivan County jail inside television

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Investigators say the mother of a Sullivan County inmate tried to smuggle drugs to her incarcerated son by hiding them inside two televisions. 

According to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, corrections officers located bottles of what is believed to be Buprenorphine inside two televisions that had been delivered to the county jail for an inmate. 

“Televisions are allowed in jail cells; however, Sullivan County does not provide them,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. “Inmates may have family members purchase a television and bring it to the jail.”

The first TV was delivered to the jail on April 5 and the second TV on April 9.

Following an investigation, SCSO charged Sherrie Crawford, 55 of Kingsport, and Donovan Johnson, 33 of Kingsport, with two counts of introduction or possession of weapons, explosives, intoxicants, or drugs into a penal institution.

The sheriff’s office says Sherrie is Donovan’s mother.

Donovan has been in jail since February on several charges, including aggravated assault, aggravated arson, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are sold, and domestic assault. 

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