Sampson County inmate caught with drugs

By: By Chase Jordan -
Incident adds to several summer occurrences

By Chase Jordan


Sampson County deputies caught an inmate Monday with a controlled substance inside the local detention center, authorities said Tuesday.

According to reports, Cynthia N. Autry, 27, of 288 Old Stage Road, Autryville, was charged with possession of a controlled substance inside the Sampson County Detention Center and possession of methamphetamine.

“The narcotics were found on the suspect during the search and booking process by detention staff,” Lt. Marcus Smith reported. “As a result she was charged with having a (controlled substance) in the Detention Center, which is a felony.”

Smith reported that Sampson County Sheriff’s deputies also served Autry warrants out of Cumberland County for shoplifting.

According to inmate information available through the sheriff’s department website, bond was set at $25,000 and the court date is scheduled for Aug. 14.

This summer, Sampson County deputies caught inmates with banned substances inside the Sampson County Detention Center on multiple occasions. The past incidents involved deputies discovering marijuana, one of which allegedly brought 20.9 grams of the drug into the detention center.

After previous incidents in June, Smith said it was a rare occurrence for the Sampson County Detention Center, but it was something he said may occur among inmates. Therefore, it’s important for deputies and officers to be trained in how to look for banned substances and remain proactive in destroying contraband in facilities, he noted.

Also, it was reported that the public never gains access to the inside of a detention center. During visitation, the public never has access to inmates and visitation is conducted by video.

“Contraband as stated before can be missed by human error during the search process as inmates are booked into the facility,” Smith said during a report in June. “Sometimes the inmate can have contraband concealed on their bodies in cavities that cannot be searched.”

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