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Contract employee arrested for bringing meth to BCDC

Danyita Brownsmith

Jennifer Moonsong

Division Publisher

Barren and Metcalfe


Glasgow woman Danyita Brownsmith, 22, an employee of Kellwell Food Management, Inc. has been arrested by the Kentucky State Police, for bringing methamphetamine into the Barren County Detention Center.

Jailer Aaron Bennett reported the incident to KSP and an investigation ensued.

Trooper David Hall and KSP canine “Akim” arrived at the jail around Friday morning at 9 a.m. Shortly thereafter, Brownsmith disclosed a parcel. She first falsely claimed to have found the ziploc bag in the parking lot. The contents proved to be crystal meth and a THC vape pen. Brownsmith is charged with first-degree possession of contraband, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, 1st offense, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

“I receive some information telling me that it was suspected that methamphetamine was coming into the jail,” said Bennett. That is when he contacted KSP.

“This is not the first time we’ve had a problem with this,” added Bennett.

Kellwell Food Management, Inc. is a food service company that works specifically with correctional facilities, and their employ is a cost-saving measure for the county. Bennett states that he has no firing or hiring abilities when it comes to Kellwell employees, but will not allow contraband to enter the faculty because of the arrangement.

“And issues have come up in the past, I cannot terminate their employment with Kellwell, but I can say that employer cannot work in this facility,” he said.

Brownsmith has been lodged in the Hart County Jail.



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