COLUMBIA, Tyrrell County - Eight inmates have been arrested after an investigation revealed they were bringing contraband into the Tyrrell Prison Work Farm in Tyrrell County.
Department of Public Safety officials at the Tyrrell Prison Work Farm and the Tyrrell County Sheriff's Office were part of "Operation Suitcase," which led to the arrest if the following people on felony possession of controlled substances in jail/prison premises:
-- Billy G. Barringer 44, was charged with possession of 8.5 grams of K-2 synthetic cannabinoids
-- Antonio L. Carr 29, charged with possession of 1.9 grams of marijuana
-- Dennis R. Oxendine 40 charged with possession of .1 gram of K-2 synthetic cannabinoids
-- Devarius A. Allgood 28, charged with possession of .1 gram marijuana
-- Lance C. Allen 27, charged with possession of.2 grams marijuana
-- Melvin A. McDonald 30, charged with .5 grams of K-2 synthetic cannabinoids
-- Marcus A. Small 27, charged with possession of less than .5 ounce marijuana
-- Michael R. Parrish 28, charged with possession of sob oxone
According to a press release from Tyrrell County Sheriff Darryl Liverman, K-2 synthetic cannabinoids are dried plant material and chopped-up herbs in a mixture of colors and synthetic chemicals (cannabinoids). It's believed to be 100 times stronger than THC that is found in marijuana. Side effects of K-2/ Spice include high blood pressure, blurred vision, heart attack, vomiting, seizures, hallucinations and severe anxiety and paranoia.
Liverman said in the last several months, EMS has responded to the prison for possible drug overdoses by inmates that officials believe were a result of the use of K-2. The investigation is ongoing.