Ex-Chesapeake Sheriff’s deputy smuggled heroin, cocaine, cellphones, e-cigarettes into the jail

NORFOLK — A Virginia Beach man pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom here Thursday to corruption charges related to his smuggling of drugs and other contraband into the Chesapeake City Jail.

According to court documents, Jenis Leroy Plummer, Jr., 34, used his position as a Chesapeake Sheriff’s deputy to smuggle heroin, cocaine, cellphones, e-cigarettes and other contraband into the Chesapeake City Jail.

Plummer got more than $6,500 in cash for the merchandise. From July 2017 through January 2019, Plummer “knowingly and intentionally conspired with an inmate in the Chesapeake City Jail to engage in this scheme,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

On numerous occasions, Plummer contacted the inmate’s girlfriend and arranged to meet her at various locations in Hampton Roads to pick up the contraband. At these meetings, the inmate’s girlfriend gave Plummer the contraband in blue latex gloves. Plummer then smuggled the contraband into the jail and delivered the items to the inmate, prosecutors said.

“Customers” paid Plummer with cash, via CashApp, and via PayPal. On one occasion, law enforcement observed the inmate’s girlfriend drop a black sock containing contraband at an arranged meeting location in a cul-de-sac on Horse Run Drive in Chesapeake, prosecutors said.

Authorities recovered the black sock and replaced the suspected bags of narcotics with two bags of fake narcotics and returned the black sock to its original location. Prosecutors said authorities also observed Plummer travel to the cul-de-sac and retrieve the black sock containing contraband that included the fake narcotics.

Plummer faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 17.

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