Suspected drugs on prison inmate leads to arrrest


A report that suspected drugs had been found on an inmate at the Arkansas Department of Correction’s Tucker Maximum Security Unit on Saturday led to the arrest of the man’s sister, who allegedly admitted bringing the drugs into the facility.

State Police Special Agent Huston Talley said in a probable cause affidavit that Evelyn Newton, 68, allegedly told investigators she had brought Xanax pills to her brother “because he was having trouble sleeping,” and also said this was the second time she had brought him pills.

Talley said in the affidavit that corrections officials found 45 Xanax tablets when they searched the man, who refused to tell investigators where he had gotten the pills.

A check of the prison’s visitors logs indicated that Newton had visited the man shortly before the pills were found.

On Monday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Newton after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with furnishing prohibited articles.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Newton, and she was told to come back to court Aug. 29.