Woman accused of trying to smuggle drugs into prison charged

MAURY, GREENE COUNTY - The Greene County Sheriff's Office said a woman tried to smuggle drugs and other items into a prison.

Sheriff Lemmie Smith said Pamela Michele Starling was seen putting a large bag into a trash can at the front gate house of the Maury Correctional Institution at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The bag had loose tobacco, rolling papers, a cell phone and marijuana, investigators said.

Responding deputies found Starling still on scene and arrested her. The 39-year-old from Asheboro is charged with possession of a controlled substance on prison premises and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.

Starling received a $15,000 bond and is out on bond.

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