Mom tries to smuggle pot via her bra to son in Lebanon prison

A Dayton mother is facing felony charges for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana to her son via undergarments into Lebanon Correctional Institution.

Maria Kenney, 53, of Smith Street, was indicted Monday by a Warren County grand jury for illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility and possession of criminal tools.

Donald Kenney, 21, who is serving a five-year sentence for burglary and discharging a firearm at a school, was also indicted on the same illegal conveyance charge, which is a third-degree felony.

Maria Kenney is accused for placing the marijuana in a balloon then putting it in her bra and trying to get it into prison to pass off to Donald on Oct. 28, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.

“Typically they go into the break room where there are vending machines and pretend they are sharing food and pass it,” Fornshell said, adding that peanut M&Ms are a popular choice to mask such an activity.

The amount of marijuana found on Kenney would not have raised to a felony level, but because it was being brought into a prison, the charge is higher, Fornshell said.

Investigators were able to determine Donald Kenney played a role in planning the crime, so he too is facing the same charge, the prosecutor said.

According to court records, a warrant has been issued for Maria Kenney, but she is not yet in custody in the Warren County Jail.

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