Cops: Woman tries to sneak drugs, cell phones into prison

Stephanie Rose Surrell (Source: South Carolina Department of Corrections)
Stephanie Rose Surrell (Source: South Carolina Department of Corrections)

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Corrections says a 37-year-old Goose Creek woman tried to sneak in drugs, cell phones and tobacco to inmates at a prison in Berkeley County.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Office charged Stephanie Surell with introduction of contraband into a prison and distribution of marijuana in proximity to a park.

Authorities arrested Surell on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Surell was served with a warrant earlier in the morning and was locked up at the Berkeley County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Investigators say that Surell confessed to introducing contraband into SCDC's McDougall Correctional Institution in Ridgeville on multiple occasions.

This arrest and several others around the state recently are the result of local law enforcement agencies and the Department of Corrections working closer together to stem the tide of the growing problem of "throw-overs" and other illegal attempts to get items like cell-phones, tobacco, illegal drugs and narcotics into the state's 28 prison facilities.

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