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Inmates indicted for contraband

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Six female inmates at the Grant County Detention Center have been charged with promoting contraband.
The incident occurred after one of the inmates, Tonya Hopper-Manello, allegedly brought drugs, including Percocet and Xanax into the facility and shared them with her cellmates.
According to Dennis Bailey, chief deputy at the Grant County Detention Center, Hopper was released from the facility on Dec. 7, 2010 for a furlough. A furlough is granted by a judge’s order and allows an inmate to leave the facility for a medical reason such as a doctor’s appointment.
Bailey said when Hopper returned to the detention center, she smuggled drugs into the facility by placing them inside a balloon and inserting them into a body cavity.
The case was handed over to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Chuck Dills took the cases before a Grant County grand jury in January and they returned indictments against the following:
Tonya Ann Hopper-Manello, 38, promoting contraband first degree and persistent felony offender first degree.
Vicki G. Warrington, 49, promoting contraband first degree and persistent felony offender first degree.
Dawn Marie Roe, 29, promoting contraband first degree and persistent felony offender second degree.
Stephanie E. McFarland Helton, 25, promoting contraband first degree and persistent felony offender second degree.
Brooke C. Niehaus, 29, promoting contraband first degree and persistent felony offender first degree.
Trisha L. Grebe, 24, promoting contraband first degree and persistent felony offender second degree.
An indictment means there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. Guilt or innocence is established through the trial procedure.