Staff Bust Contraband Attempt At RMSI

Wednesday, March 02, 2016 | 03:04pm

NASHVILLE - Vigilance by Tennessee Department of Correction staff foiled an attempt to introduce a large amount of contraband into Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI) in Nashville.  On February 22, 2016, TDOC officers intercepted 3.9 ounces of marijuana, 10.6 ounces of loose tobacco, 11 cell phones, two SIM cards, nine USB chargers with charging blocks, three cigarette lighters, three rolls of black electrical tape, 14 hanging air fresheners and 50 cigar wraps, preventing the items from entering the prison.

TDOC special agents began an aggressive investigation which linked the contraband to offenders assigned to work on the prison’s landscaping crew.  Agents quickly determined those offenders conspired with outside sources, including Janet Utley, to smuggle contraband into the prison.  On March 1, 2016, TDOC special agents arrested Utley on two felony counts of Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution.

The investigation is ongoing and TDOC continues to work closely with the office of Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk on the case.

The Tennessee Department of Correction would like to thank our dedicated officers whose vigilance prevented these items from entering the prison.  TDOC works vigorously around the clock to combat the introduction of contraband into our secure facilities and will seek prosecution against anyone attempting to do so.  Tips can be reported anonymously to our 24-hour hotline at 1-844-TDC-FIND (1-844-832-3463).

TDOC is committed to our mission of ensuring the safety of our staff, institutions and the people of Tennessee.