Crime

Macon paralegal indicted, accused of smuggling drugs, phones to jailed gang member

By: AMY LEIGH WOMACK

Staci Nicole Castleberry becomes emotional as she looks at her supporters in  the gallery after being denied bond in January 2016.
Staci Nicole Castleberry becomes emotional as she looks at her supporters in the gallery after being denied bond in January 2016. wmarshall@macon.com

A Macon paralegal accused of smuggling contraband into the Bibb County jail was indicted Tuesday on multiple gang and contraband charges.

Staci Nicole Castleberry, 40, is charged with four counts of furnishing prohibited items to inmates stemming from allegations she took items to Martin Kendall, an alleged Mafia gang leader, between June 4 and June 30, according to the indictment.

Items included a cell phone, a phone charger, tobacco and marijuana, according to the indictment.

Castleberry additionally is charged with four counts of violating Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act on allegations she took the items to Kendall while being associated with the Mafia gang, according to the indictment.

Castleberry was employed by Macon's Gomez Law firm when she was arrested in January.

A judge barred Castleberry from the Crawford County courthouse in 2006 when a judge sentenced her to 15 years, five of them in prison, after she was caught selling drugs at her desk, in the restroom and in the parking lot of the courthouse where she worked in 2004 and 2005.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398 or find her on Twitter @awomackmacon.

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