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Former Kentucky beauty queen in Ohio jail for allegedly smuggling pot into prison

In this file photo, Miss Kentucky Kia Hampton attended the 2011 Kentucky Derby.
In this file photo, Miss Kentucky Kia Hampton attended the 2011 Kentucky Derby. cbertram@herald-leader.com

The 2011 Miss Kentucky USA has been jailed in Allen County, Ohio, for allegedly trying to smuggle pot into a prison.

Kia B. Hampton, 28, of Louisville, was indicted this month by a grand jury on a charge of attempting to smuggle nearly 3 grams of marijuana into the Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution on May 26, according to the Lima (Ohio) News.

The paper reported that Hampton was suspected of smuggling the drugs into the prison while visiting Jeremy Kelly, who is serving four years on two drug-trafficking charges.

Probable cause to obtain a warrant for a strip search and a body-cavity search was developed while listening to recorded phone calls, according to an affidavit.

The newspaper reported that Hampton pushed a balloon containing what was later identified as marijuana down her pants leg while she talked with police.

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