A visitor at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center north of Smyrna was arrested Sunday after officers discovered she was attempting to smuggle an illegal substance into the facility, according to the Department of Correction.
Melissa Wright, 43, of New Castle, was scheduled to visit an inmate Sunday at 11 a.m.
During the security screening prior to entering the institution, correctional officers detected the scent of marijuana. The K9 Leia made a positive hit on Wright and she was separated from the rest of the visitors.
Wright denied having drugs in her possession, but during a search, marijuana was found and confiscated, the Department of Correction said.
Wright was charged by the Delaware State Police with manufacturing, delivering, or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, conspiracy second degree, possession of marijuana for personal use quantity 21 or older, and promoting prison contraband. She was released on $3,600 unsecured bail to await another court appearance, and she has been barred from visiting DOC facilities.
JTVCC Warden Dana Metzger said, “I am extremely proud of my staff that leveraged their training and instincts in order to successfully intercept contraband. We make efforts every day to ensure the safety and security of our buildings and prevent the flow of drugs into our prison.”