Former Chesapeake sheriff’s deputy arrested, charged with smuggling heroin into jail

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A former Chesapeake sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday and charged after being accused of smuggling heroin into the Chesapeake City Jail.

According to the Department of Justice, between July 2017 and January 2019, Jenis Leroy Plummer, Jr. conspired with others to smuggle heroin and other contraband into the jail. He started working at the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office in July 2015. The department says he has since been terminated from his position.

Jenis Leroy Plummer, Jr.

Court documents say that on October 19, 2018, Plummer drove to a cul-de-sac on Horse Run Drive to pick up a package containing contraband. Plummer then smuggled the contraband to an inmate in the jail, using his position as a sheriff's deputy to obtain funds he was not entitled to receive.

The DOJ said the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office provided significant assistance and full cooperation during the investigation.

Plummer was 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. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

In a statement, the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office said that this was an "isolated incident into an isolated individual."

Plummer worked for the City of Norfolk as a recreation aid from 2005 through 2012. He was then a Norfolk Sheriff's Deputy from July 2012 through July 2015.

A judge set Plummer's bond at $5,000. He's due back in court February 13 at 2:30 p.m. in Norfolk Federal Court.

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