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April 23, 2014

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Sheriff's Dept. Allegedly Foils A Plot By 2 Inmates To Bring Drugs Into Jail

Originally published: 2013-07-19 10:49:12
Last modified: 2013-07-19 10:51:27



An inmate in the Greene County Detention Center allegedly helped another inmate bond out, with the understanding that the man would then get himself arrested for public intoxication and smuggle drugs into the jail, deputies said in reports.

Charged with introduction of Schedule II drugs into a penal facility and possession of a Schedule II drug with intent to sell or deliver were Matthew Dwight Norton, 28, of 8707 Baileyton Hwy., and Steven Howard Berry, 49, of 516 Brown Ave., Morristown.

A report by Deputy Chuck Humphreys said that Berry allegedly induced Norton to try to smuggle drugs into the jail "by knowingly arranging to have (Norton) at the Greene County Detention Center bonded out and to get himself arrested for public intoxication a few hours later and bring in Schedule II drugs and syringes."

Charges were filed against Norton for "knowingly bonding out of jail and getting himself arrested again a few hours later for public intoxication and bringing in Schedule II drugs packaged in black tape and concealed in the defendant's anal cavity," another report by Humphreys said.

Ten morphine pills and two syringes were found as Norton was being booked into the jail early Thursday on the public intoxication charge, the report said.

Berry was charged in April with possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Sheriff's Department records. He was held in the jail on two failure-to-appear warrants, deputies said.

Norton was held on a child support warrant before bond was posted and the public intoxication charge was filed, officers said.

The case remains under investigation.

Berry and Norton had first General Sessions Court appearances scheduled this morning.

For more information and stories, see The Greeneville Sun.

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