DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Deputies arrested a woman early Wednesday morning after she allegedly tried to smuggle 1,900 pills, cell phones, ammo and a variety of tools and products inside the Lieber Correctional Institute in Ridgeville.
The incident is the second time in a few days authorities arrested a woman for trying to sneak contraband to prisoners.
Major John Garrison with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office said deputies set up patrols on Interstate 26 after receiving a tip from the SC Department of Corrections that a blond-haired white woman in a maroon Dodge Durango would be heading to the state prison between 2:30 and 4 a.m. to try and smuggle contraband inside
Deputies set up at the junction of I-95 and I-26 and almost immediately saw the aforementioned Durango heading into Dorchester County on I-26. Officers requested back-up before stopping the vehicle between mile markers 177 and 178 after watching the driver "drift over the solid line to its right."
During a search of the car, deputies found a variety of contraband, including over 1,900 Gabapentin pills, two boxes of .45-caliber bullet rounds, four cell phones with chargers, hack saw blades, a box cutter and a carton cutter. Deputies also seized three pairs of plyers, aluminum foil, plastic wrap flat-head and Phillips-head screwdrivers, JB Weld, super glue, four packs of menthol cigarettes, sticky notes, ink pens, locks and lighters.
Gababentin, developed for the treatment of epilepsy, is not a controlled substance but is known to produce psychoactive effects that cause it to have potential for recreational use.
The blond-haired driver of the Durango, 35-year-old Terri Diane Newman, is charged with careless operation of a motor vehicle and aiding in the escape of a prisoner. She is being held in the Dorchester County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.