2 arrested for prison contraband


News Staff Report

Officers with the Alabama Department of Corrections’ Investigations & Intelligence Division, as part of a statewide effort to stop or limit the amount of drugs and other contraband that enters state prisons, arrested two women at different correctional facilities during inmate visitations on Saturday, December 15.
One of the incidents occurred at William C. Holman Correctional Facility near Atmore, where DOC agents arrested Latonya Renee Presley, 40, of Decatur, Ga., as she prepared to enter the facility for a visit with an unnamed inmate.
According to a DOC press release, agents searched the suspect’s vehicle with a K-9 team and found marijuana and other illegal contraband inside.
Presley, who was charged with one count each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, was taken to the Escambia County Detention Center and later released on an appearance bond.
In a separate Saturday incident at St. Clair Correctional Facility, state prison officials reported that 21-year-old Jamila Kiarra Ware of Docena was also arrested during an attempted visit with an inmate.
A prison K9 unit signaled the presence of contraband as Ware prepared to enter the facility’s grounds, and she was found to be in possession of several packages wrapped in black tape that contained an unspecified quantity of an undisclosed controlled substance.
The Docena woman reportedly also had an unspecified quantity of marijuana, a bottle of vodka and a 9mm handgun, for which she had a carry permit, concealed inside her vehicle.
She was processed into the St. Clair County Jail on one count each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and promoting prison contraband.
Alabama prison officials are urging anyone who might have information that could lead to the arrest of anyone attempting to introduce illegal contraband into state prisons to make a confidential call to 1-866-293-7799 or to report the information online at