Spearfish drug dealer pleads not guilty to new charges
DEADWOOD — A woman recently found guilty of fentanyl analog distribution is back in court on new drug charges.
The latest allegations are said to have occurred while she was being held in the Lawrence County Jail as an inmate awaiting sentencing.
Ashley Kristina Kuntz, 33, of Spearfish, and a co-defendant in the case, Ashley Rose Jacquot, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colo., were indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury Nov. 28 and each charged with: distribution of a controlled substance in jail, heroin; possession of a controlled drug or substance in jail, heroin; and possession of a controlled drug or substance in jail, methamphetamine.
Each entered a not guilty plea Tuesday before 4th Circuit Court Judge Eric Strawn at the Lawrence County Courthouse.
Each charge is a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
Court documents say the alleged infractions occurred Nov. 7.
That day, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of drugs being distributed between inmates in the jail. A jail prisoner who was housed with Kuntz and Jacquot reported to jail staff she believed Kuntz had distributed a pill to Jacquot in the bathroom area. Kuntz was searched and jail staff allegedly located a tampon straw and a piece of paper containing a substance in the front pocket of her shorts, as well as multiple baggies in her bra, the baggies and tampon straw appearing to have a substance in them.
Upon questioning, Kuntz allegedly said she did go to the bathroom area to speak with Jacquot and that Jacquot produced a small baggie that contained heroin and meth mixed in a bag. She allegedly said that Jacquot provided her heroin at that time and that she ingested the heroin by snorting it through the tampon straw located in her front pocket.
Kuntz allegedly said that Jacquot ingested the heroin that she used by swallowing it. When asked how Jacquot got the drugs into the jail, Kuntz allegedly said Jacquot brought them in her vagina. She also allegedly said she received all the baggies she had in her possession from Jacquot and indicated Jacquot had multiple small baggies inside of a larger baggies which was placed in her vagina. Kuntz allegedly advised she believed Jacquot most likely still possessed illegal drugs in her vagina.
Jacquot allegedly admitted to law enforcement that she had placed a baggie of heroin mixed with meth in her vagina, as she knew she was going to be in jail for 90 days, so she sneaked it in and brought it with her from Colorado. She allegedly admitted providing the drugs to Kuntz.
A search conducted at Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital allegedly revealed no drugs in Jacquot’s vagina.
Kuntz is currently awaiting sentencing on a previous drug distribution conviction Nov. 1 and faces 10 to 25 years in the state penitentiary for middle-manning a fentanyl analog exchange on Jan. 14, 2017, that led to the death of her brother Troy Kuntz, who was found dead the next day in his Spearfish home.
Jacquot is serving out a sentence for a drug charge incurred during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
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