Woman charged with smuggling drugs into jail; 10 people hospitalized after exposure

Sheriff: Woman smuggled drugs into jail

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - A Chesterfield woman has been arrested for smuggling drugs into Chesterfield County Jail, which turned into a hazmat situation Thursday night.

Police charged Sarah Elisabeth Moore, 34, for prisoner in possession of a chemical unlawfully received on Friday.

An investigation found that Moore, who was committed to jail on Aug. 14 for a drug court violation, possessed a white powder which was found during a routine shakedown for contraband material in the transit area.

The white powder was found under a mattress in a holding cell.

Seven deputies and three medical personnel were exposed to the substance and began feeling light-headed and had rashes. They were transported to three Richmond-area hospitals for treatment. The sheriff’s office said the personnel appeared to be in good condition.

Chesterfield Fire and EMS said a total of 10 people were transported to the hospital.

The sheriff’s office said shakedowns are performed regularly to identify illegal items, including weapons and drugs. The transit area is where new committals to the jail are held until being classified and assigned.

6 deputies, 3 nurses exposed to white powder at Chesterfield jail

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