Deputies: 3 from Lowcountry caught delivering illegal goods to inmates

LEE COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Three people from the Lowcountry were arrested after they were found near the Lee Correctional Institution with several duct taped bags filled with items meant for inmates, deputies said.

Bridgette Neely, 25, and King Wilson, 21, of North Charleston and Julia Threatt, 24, of Awendaw have been charged with marijuana possession and attempting to furnish contraband after deputies say they were caught red-handed last week.

On August 12, a Lee County deputy saw two cars turn off of Wisacky Highway onto a driveway next to the Lee Correctional Institution. According to an incident report, the driveway is known to be used by people who throw contraband over the prison fence.

The deputy was able to stop one of the cars and, while questioning the driver, noticed a black bag with an object wrapped in silver duct tape sticking out of it. Once the driver consented to a search of the Crown Victoria, the deputy asked the two passengers to get out and immediately saw more packages inside black bags wrapped in orange duct tape.

An additional search of the vehicle yielded more bags filled with items that were duct taped together. Some of the bags even had "west yard" written on them, which is very close to where the car war parked, the report said.

Deputies found tobacco, cell phones, cell phone chargers, rolling papers, SIM cards, cell phone batteries, marijuana and alcohol inside the packages. The items were valued at approximately $489.00.

All three were being held at the Sumter-Lee Detention Center on $10,000 bond each.

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