Former Miss Kentucky USA accused of smuggling drugs into prison

A former Miss USA contestant from Kentucky is facing arraignment next week after being accused of sneaking drugs to an inmate inside an Ohio prison.

Kia Hampton, 28, of Louisville, Kentucky, was arrested May 26 in Allen County, Ohio, after she was caught smuggling marijuana into the Allen Correctional Institution for inmate Jeremy Kelly, according to an affidavit detailing the arrest, the Courier-Journal reported.

A grand jury indicted Hampton earlier this month on a third-degree felony charge of bringing drugs onto government facility grounds, which carries a maximum three-year prison sentence upon conviction.

Hampton was served a search warrant upon arriving at the prison May 26 for an inmate visit.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officers were able to acquire a search warrant based on evidence they gathered from recorded phone conversations.

While officers were questioning her, Hampton reached into the leg of her pants and pushed a white balloon to the floor, according to the affidavit. Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Kenneth Sturgill told the Courier-Journal that Hampton had three grams of marijuana on her at the time.

Her arraignment is set for July 26, and she currently faces one count of "illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility."

In addition to being crowned Miss Kentucky USA back in 2010, Hampton was the first black woman to represent her state in the competition.

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