Two Arrested at Alabama Prisons Over the Weekend on Drug Charges

Law enforcement agents from the Alabama Department of Corrections’ (ADOC) Investigations and Intelligence Division have reported recent illegal contraband findings at Holman and Tutwiler Correctional Facilities.

Amelia Allen

On Saturday, January 18, around 12:50 p.m. at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, a narcotic-detection canine alerted to the vehicle of Amelia Allen, 43, of Moundville. After a search, an ADOC investigator discovered marijuana and a handgun in the vehicle. Allen was on property to visit an inmate in the correctional facility. The ADOC investigator who completed the search placed Allen into custody and charged her with second-degree possession of marijuana.

Yolanda McNair

On Sunday, January 19, around 11:10 a.m., a narcotic-detection canine was deployed to conduct a sniff search on a vehicle located near the staff parking lot at Tutwiler Correctional Facility in Wetumpka. After a search produced findings of multiple suboxone strips in the vehicle’s center console. The driver, Yolanda McNair, 50, of Camp Hill, was arrested and placed in the Elmore County Jail for possession of a controlled substance.

“My Department is fully committed to eliminating the presence of illegal contraband throughout our facilities,” said Commissioner Jeff  Dunn. “Addressing this nationwide challenge in our state’s facilities is a crucial step to providing a safe, rehabilitative environment. We will continue to take this commitment seriously through regular contraband raids as well as heightened security to ensure illegal paraphernalia does not enter our facilities from external parties.”

ADOC has a zero-tolerance policy concerning contraband and continues to evaluate effective tactics to mitigate and eliminate its presence in facilities, including routine, announced searches of facilities, inmates and ADOC staff.

ADOC is working with other state corrections directors and the Federal Communications Commission to address this national problem.

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