Two people were charged after an undercover operation at the Scotland County Detention Center.
The Scotland County Narcotics Investigator, with the Scotland County Detention Center, conducted an undercover operation at the center on Monday, according to a post on Scotland County Detective Division’s Facebook page.
“Upon investigation, suspicions of an individual smuggling illegal substances was believed to be occurring,” the post says. “It was believed that a male subject, identified as James A. Morman III, was posing as a “pastor” and using bibles to smuggle said contraband and its substances into the detention facility.”
Two people were charged with “the possession of a controlled substance pursuant to North Carolina Controlled Substance Act, in addition to charged with carrying contraband within a detention facility in the state of North Carolina.”
Morman, 28, of Laurinburg, and an inmate, identified in the post as Bryson Brown, were arrested and charged. Additional charges are expected.
A sweep of the detention center was conducted on Monday and “a number of items such as illegal substances and their contraband were located.”
Scotland County Sheriff Ralph Kersey posted a response to the incident on his Facebook page.
According to the NC Department of Public Safety’s website, Morman has previous convictions for assault inflicting serious bodily injury and common law robbery. He has served time at Scotland Correctional Institution.