2 women charged for allegedlytaking contraband into jail

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LOGAN, W.Va. — Two women who were arrested on March 26 for various charges will now be charged with attempting to transport controlled substances to jail inside their body cavities.

Tricia Lynn Winegar, 45, was charged on March 26 with giving false information to law enforcement, identity theft, shoplifting and possession of Schedule II and IV substances. The charges stemmed from a complaint from Dollar General at Pecks Mill of shoplifting. During the investigation, the arresting officer reportedly observed Winegar “wriggling in her seat and observed a small yellow pill fall from her seat.” Later, the pill was reportedly identified as alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance.

When asked to provide the officer with identification, Winegar allegedly gave a false name and presented false documents. The name Winegar provided reportedly belonged to an Ohio resident.

During a later search of the police cruiser, the officer reportedly found another pill in his backseat — an oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Later in day as Winegar was being processed and cleared at South Western Regional Jail (SWRJ), corrections officers searched Winegar for contraband. Officers allegedly discovered a small plastic baggy in Winegar’s rectum containing a hard, brown substance believed to be Black Tar Heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance. Winegar was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (heroin) and transport of a controlled substance into jail.

Winegar was also charged on March 6 for transferring/receiving stolen vehicle, false information to DPS and defective equipment. Charges were dropped during arraignment, but were refilled on March 29.

Winegar currently is incarcerated in SWRJ on a $10,000 surety/cash bond for all charges.

The second female, Brittany Lynn Gillman Miller, 29, of Kermit, was being processed for incarceration at SWRJ on a charge of attempted fraudulent use of an access device or credit card. Miller reportedly attempted to use a Navy Federal credit card to purchase more than $400 goods at Dollar General at Pecks Mill; however, the store’s cash register flagged the card as stolen. During the search for contraband in the incarceration process, correctional officers reportedly discovered two cigarette lighters, one “crack” pipe and one tobacco cigarette in Gillman’s genital tract.

She faces the additional charge of transportation of dangerous material into jail. Miller is currently incarcerated at SWRJ on a $54,000 surety/cash bond for both charges.


(Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.)



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