GATE CITY — A former guard at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield pleaded no contest earlier this month to drug possession charges that stemmed from an investigation into allegations he was supplying inmates with contraband.
Jimmy W. Hall, 46, of Pennington Gap, entered no contest pleas Oct. 3 in Scott County Circuit Court to charges of possession of Schedule I or II drugs, possession of III drugs and two counts of possession of Schedule IV drugs.
Hall qualified for first-time offender status due to his lack of prior drug-related convictions.
As part of the first-time offender program, Hall’s charges were placed on advisement for a year. During that time he must complete supervised probation, counseling and community service.
Upon successful completion of probation, Hall’s charges will be dismissed. If Hall violates his probation during that period, he would be charged with all four felonies and face sentencing.
Virginia State Police began their investigation after receiving a tip from an inmate that Hall was supplying another prisoner at the jail with contraband. The contraband was reportedly not drug-related.
Investigators reportedly failed to find evidence that Hall was introducing contraband into the jail, but did find him in possession of several types of prescription drugs. Hall had prescriptions for several of the drugs, but was charged after police found him with pills for which he did not have a valid prescription.
Hall was reportedly terminated from his position at the Duffield Regional Jail due to a violation of workplace rules that stemmed from the incident.