RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Grainger County Sheriff's Department said a woman enlisted her 12 year old to toss drugs into the Grainger County jail, and now she's facing criminal charges.
Police said they caught Gretchen Whitt's daughter trying to throw a bag of tobacco and pills over the wall. "The little girl was rearing back to throw the bag and we were right there," an officer told us.
Sherif Scott Layel said nestled inside the bag of tobacco were three suboxen tabs wrapped in tinfoil. "She actually pulled into our facility," added Sheriff Scott Layel, "and attempted to have a 12 year old throw Schedule 2 narcotics into the facility."
Now Gretchen Whitt is facing criminal charges for trying to bring drugs into a jail and contributing the to delinquency of a minor, among others.
Whitt told Local 8 News someone offered to pay her to drop a bag of tobacco over the wall. She said she didn't think drugs were in the bag and that her 12 year old was not involved.
Sheriff Layel said investigators are still working to find the man Whitt claimed offered her money for the drop, but he isn't buying her story.
"I find that very suspicious as well," he continued. "If someone offers you money to do something illegal, I would question her credibility."
The sheriff thinks Whitt was dropping the drugs off to her husband, who's currently in the jail on drug charges. He is recommending the Department of Children's Services investigate the home. Meanwhile, Whitt told us, it didn't happen the way police said.