Hockley County Sheriff’s Office: Woman accused of smuggling drugs into county jail

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2 arrested(Hockley County Sheriff's Office)
Published: May. 30, 2023 at 10:59 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - On Sunday, May 28th, the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office were told by jail administration of an inmate possibly carrying drugs inside of the detention center after they received a tip from other detainees.

An investigation was immediately initiated upon receipt of the information and alleged involved individuals were separated so searches could be conducted of the jail cells.  

No contraband was located inside of the cell areas of the accused involved individuals.

The Hockley County Sheriff said, based on the information received, a search warrant was obtained for the body of a detainee in order to search the person for suspected controlled substances.

Additionally, the entirety of the detention center was searched and no additional contraband was located.

Based on the search, a quantity of suspected methamphetamine was recovered from the detainee.  

Here is a timeline related to the situation:

• Deputies arrested the individual on multiple charges on Friday, May 26, 2023, and was searched at the roadside, as well as multiple times in the jail, before being moved to a general population housing area on Saturday, May 27, 2023.  At the time of entry into the facility there was no probable cause to conduct an invasive cavity search of the individual.

• Jail administration and law enforcement personnel were notified early on Sunday, May 28, 2023, by detention staff and the investigation was initiated into the possibility of narcotics being smuggled into the detention center.  Searches were conducted of multiple areas with no contraband located in any housing, common, or working areas of the jail.

• A search warrant was obtained by investigators on Sunday, May 28, 2023, for the purposes of searching the person of the detainee, and the suspected controlled substances were located.  The individual was transported to an area hospital for the search, and suspected methamphetamine was located.  A second detainee was also found to have a small quantity of suspected methamphetamine during a search of her person.

Based on the investigation, the individual, identified as Janessa Perez, 30 years of age, of Hobbs, New Mexico, was served with additional warrants for the following offenses:  Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 4<200grams, and Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility, both felony offenses.  The second inmate, Dlanee Alexander, 25, of Levelland, was served with warrants for Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 <1gram, and Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility.

The Hockley County Sheriff says, the matter remains under investigation and no additional information is available at this time.

All subjects are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.