Three Smyrna inmates charged after attempt to smuggle marijuana into prison

By Craig Anderson
Posted 9/21/21

SMYRNA — Three inmates were charged and a fourth person sought in connection with an attempt to smuggle contraband into James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, authorities said.

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Three Smyrna inmates charged after attempt to smuggle marijuana into prison

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SMYRNA — Three inmates were charged and a fourth person sought in connection with an attempt to smuggle contraband into James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, authorities said.

According to Dover police spokesman Sgt. Mark Hoffman, Mia Johnson, 22, traveled to Wilmington on Sept. 10 and allegedly hid 26.2 grams of synthetic marijuana in a restroom of an undisclosed medical facility, where Vaughn inmate Garland Coleman, 33, had an medical appointment.

Due to an ongoing investigation, officers were able to seize the marijuana from the restroom shortly afterward, according to authorities.

Sgt. Hoffman said no further specifics of the case could be disclosed.

Warrants were obtained, and Coleman and fellow inmates Edward Jackson, 28, and Lamarr Anderson, 30, were charged with possession with intent to deliver, second-degree conspiracy, promoting prison contraband and drug paraphernalia. Ms. Johnson was being sought on the same charges, police said.

Dover police and the Delaware Department of Correction conducted the investigation after receiving information that the inmates and Ms. Johnson were planning to smuggle synthetic marijuana into the prison, Sgt. Hoffman said.

The inmates were arraigned by video at JTVCC.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 736-7111. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or here; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.