CUMMING — A second incident involving a female inmate smuggling methamphetamine into the new Forsyth County Jail has come to light.
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, 29-year-old Mallory Faith Starley of Gainesville has been charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute and possessing an unlawful substance as an inmate.
During a traffic stop Sept. 18, Starley was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
It was not until later that day, after being processed at the jail, that sheriff’s deputies reportedly found an additional clear, crystal-like rock substance hidden in her private area.
According to the sheriff’s office, Starley admitted to possessing the meth “with the intent to sell it once back in Gainesville.”
Starley remained at the jail for about a month before being released Oct. 16 after posting a $27,500 bond.
A search of that area on a female inmate is never allowed during a traffic stop, according to Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
If a deputy thinks a person may be concealing illegal items, he or she can be detained on the suspicion of drugs to be examined at the jail.
The area is not part of a routine booking search and was why the drugs were not discovered until that moment, he said.
Starley is not the only woman to attempt this smuggling method in a two-week span.
On Oct. 2, the day after a traffic stop for which she was arrested for possession of meth and use of drug-related objects, it was discovered that 24-year-old Kimberly Doris Ramey had reportedly smuggled some $700 worth of the drug into the new jail.
Ramey, a north Forsyth resident, was charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute and crossing guard lines with a controlled substance.
These are the only two incidents officials with the sheriff’s office said they could recall at the old detention center or the new jail, which opened last month in downtown Cumming.
They added that there is nothing they can do to prevent smuggling attempts since the search is not allowed without prior suspicion.