Five accused of attempting to smuggle drugs into Houston County jail

bpurser@macon.comOctober 2, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Five people are accused of attempting to smuggle prescription drugs into the Houston County jail.

James Wesley Tolbert, 26 of Warner Robins, and Ashley Nicole Mock, 33, of Perry, were arrested this week, accused of conspiring to obtain a narcotic and send it to Mac Jered McCain, 33, of Fort Valley. McCain was being held on charges of financial card fraud and a Superior Court violation.

Also, Sonny Bennett, 25, and his father, Terry Ray Bennett, 44, both of Macon, were accused last week with conspiring to purchase a drug and have it sent to the jail. Sonny Bennett was being held on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge and bail jumping warrant.

In each case, a small amount of a prescription drug was found hidden in letters to the inmates, said sheriff’s Maj. Alan Everidge, who oversees the jail.

“We constantly strive to make sure our facilities are safe and secure,” Everidge said. “We check mail every day to make sure nothing comes in that is not supposed to.”

From time to time, family and friends of inmates who have an addiction problem will attempt to smuggle drugs through the mail, Everidge said. The end result is everyone gets arrested, he said.

Tolbert, Mock, McCain, Sonny Bennett and Terry Bennett each were charged with using a communication device of a correctional facility to obtain illegal drugs, possession of controlled substance by a prisoner, possession of prescription drugs and conspiracy to violate the control substance law. Terry Bennett, Tolbert and Mock also were charged with possession with intent to distribute the prescription drugs.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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