Chesapeake sheriff’s deputy arrested for allegedly smuggling heroin into city jail

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A now former Chesapeake sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday morning on charges related to his role in smuggling heroin into the Chesapeake City Jail, officials say. 

Court documents state 35-year-old Jenis Leroy Plummer, Jr. was a part of a scheme to bring in heroin and other contraband into the jail from July 2017 to January 2019. 

Plummer allegedly drove to a neighborhood on Horse Run Drive in Chesapeake on Oct. 19 of last year, picked up a package containing contraband that a conspirator left for him and then gave it to an inmate inside the jail on the same day, the indictment reads.

He’s been 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.

A spokesperson with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia says the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office has fully cooperated during the investigation. The Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office added that Plummer was fired from his position. 

If convicted, officials say he faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. 

This is a developing story. Stay on WAVY.com for the latest. 

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