DA: Woman tried to smuggle drugs into area correctional facility
A Seminole woman is accused of agreeing with a state inmate to smuggle into the Joseph Harp Correctional Center.
Ashley Danielle White was indicted on Nov. 2 by Cleveland County District Court on charges of smuggling into a jail or penal institution, conspiracy to deliver and trafficking illegal drugs.
On October 29, prison staff learned that White was planning to smuggle one of the inmates during the visits. During White’s visit on October 30, a K-9 officer saw White slip his hand into the sleeve of his hoodie; she also appeared to be trying to remove an item from the front of her pants, the probable cause affidavit states.
White then held the hand of the accused, whose arm was also inside his sleeve, the affidavit states.
The K-9 officer reportedly found a condom in White’s sleeve containing about 66 grams of a crystalline substance and six grams of a green leafy substance. She told authorities she brought pills and tobacco but was not arrested, the affidavit states.
White told the K-9 agent that she had agreed to help the inmate remove the contraband from the facility, but did not know what the items were. She also said she picked up a package from a woman and attempted to return the items inside to the detainee during the visit, the affidavit states.
White also told the K-9 agent that she agreed with the inmate to help remove smuggling from the facility.
The K-9 officer also found six MoneyPak cards, a SIM card, a box of condoms and an empty condom packet in White’s vehicle, the affidavit states.
White is scheduled for a preliminary hearing conference Nov. 30 in Cleveland County District Court, according to the records.
– Max Bryan
Man pleads guilty to smuggling guns across Arkansas to Mexico
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Oklahoma man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to smuggle guns through Arkansas to Mexican drug cartels.
In a statement, federal prosecutors said Andrew Scott Pierson, 47, of Jay, Oklahoma, appeared before a federal judge in Little Rock, Arkansas. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $ 1 million upon conviction, which has yet to be set.
In 2017, an unidentified Arkansas man said he received firearm components for processing that he recognized as counterfeit. Federal agents traced them to an organization in Laredo, Texas that smuggled the parts to Pierson in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
Pierson surrendered to federal agents at the Laredo Port of Entry in December 2018 and admitted to ordering and receiving gun parts from the United States and manufacturing automatic weapons in Mexico for the northern cartels. East and Jalisco New Generation. Law enforcement later confirmed that Pierson’s arrest compromised the cartel’s availability of guns, prosecutors said.
Pierson is one of six defendants to plead guilty to indictment charges. A seventh defendant remains a fugitive in Mexico, according to the statement from prosecutors.