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Inmate’s visitor faces jail drug-traffiking charge

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A Columbus woman who went to the Bartholomew County Jail on Sunday to drop off items for an inmate ended up behind bars herself.

Kimberly Goins, 41, is charged with one count of dealing in a Schedule III controlled substance, as well as trafficking with an inmate.

The arrest was part of a three-week investigation into possible drug trafficking at the jail, according to Maj. Todd Noblitt, spokesman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department. He said investigators suspected that someone was bringing jail inmate Tony Fultz, 32, of Columbus a supply of the drug suboxone. The medication is used to treat narcotics addition as well as moderate to severe pain.

Noblitt said after investigators learned a woman identified as Goins was attempting to smuggle the drug in her clothing, arrest warrants for both Goins and Fultz were issued late Friday afternoon. She was dropping off money and other articles for another inmate when she was arrested, Noblitt said.

Fultz, who recently was transferred to a state prison, will face identical charges as Goins. The dealing charge is a Class B felony, which carries a potential sentence of six to 20 years in prison. The sentencing range for the Class C trafficking charge is two to eight years. Each count also can carry a fine of up to $10,000.

The bond for Goins has been set at $75,000.

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