Former Beauty Queen Accused Of Smuggling Drugs Into Prison

A former Miss Kentucky USA is accused of attempting to smuggle drugs into prison and faces a jail sentence of her own. In May, Kia Hampton walked into the Allen Correctional Institution in Ohio to visit an inmate when eagle-eyed correctional officers spotted the ex-beauty pageant contestant smuggling in drugs. Hampton passed marijuana to inmate Jeremy Kelly.

Hampton reached into her pant leg and pushed a white balloon out onto the floor. Officers later determined that Hampton had attempted to smuggle approximately 2.82 grams of marijuana into the prison. Officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol used recorded phone calls as evidence to get a warrant for a cavity search. Hampton, who was crowned Miss Kentucky USA in November 2010 at the age of 21, went from prison visitor to possible prisoner.

The 28-year-old now faces one count of “illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility,” which is a third-degree felony that carries a three-year prison sentence. Hampton is to be arraigned July 26 in Allen County.