updated 5:39 PM UTC, Jun 5, 2020

Colmesneil woman arrested smuggling drugs into jail

by Emily Waldrep

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, a local woman was caught after trying to drop off a prohibited substance to an inmate at the jail, and he wants the community to know that even though such behavior is rare, it is not tolerated.

According to an undercover officer, the Sheriff's department received a tip stating that an inmate's mother was scheduled to drop off some prohibited substances in the women's bathroom of the Tyler County jail. When she arrived for her scheduled visitation time, an undercover officer cleaned the women's bathrooms to make sure no other paraphernalia was already in the bathroom and waited for the visitation to end.

The woman, identified as Caroline Sue Childs, age 71, of Colmesneil, went into the bathroom for a short time and stepped back out. The undercover officer identified himself as an officer with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department and called the woman back into the bathroom, where he found a McDonalds bag in the trash containing tobacco, an electric cigarette, snuff, rolling papers and a deck of cards.

Childs admitted to officer that the act had been planned for several weeks.

"Even though she didn't actually get the substances into the jail, the statute states that if you attempt to bring substances into the jail the charges are the same as if you did get the substance in successfully," Weatherford said. "We have a sign that is clearly marked stating what is prohibited in the jail."

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