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April 25, 2019

Former Virginia deputy arrested for allegedly smuggling heroin into jail

February 12, 2019
Jenis Leroy Plummer Jr. was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin. (Handout)

A former Virginia sheriff’s deputy has been arrested after he allegedly spent almost two years smuggling heroin and other contraband into jail.

Jenis Leroy Plummer, Jr., 35, was part of a conspiracy to bring drugs into the Chesapeake City Jail that lasted from July 2017 until last month, according to the Department of Justice.

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Citing one specific instance in October 2018, officials claim that Plummer picked up a package left for him in Chesapeake and then used his position as a Chesapeake Sheriff’s Deputy to deliver the contraband to an inmate the same day.

Federal officials said the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office provided full cooperation during the investigation.

Plummer worked as a recreation aid for the City of Norfolk from 2005 to 2012, then as a Norfolk sheriff’s deputy from 2012 to 2015 before transferring to Chesapeake.

He was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin, conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right, and a separate count of obtaining property under color of official right.

If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

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