Agaline “Ag” Collins Slone, 51
ROGERSVILLE — Recordings of inmate telephone calls helped lead Hawkins County authorities to five additional people allegedly involved in a June 3 attempt to smuggle Suboxone into the jail.
Among those charged were three inmates, and the mother of one inmate who also happened to be on probation for smuggling drugs into the Hancock County Jail for another son.
On June 3 the HCSO Narcotics Unit received a tip that Kelly Marie Seal, 24, 2013 Brown Drive Apt. C-118, Rogersville, would be attempting to smuggle Suboxone strips into the jail which were hidden in the hollow earpiece of a pair of eyeglasses.
Seal had actually already attempted to drop the glasses off that day for inmate Willie Slone, but had been turned away because she didn’t have a copy of Slone’s glasses prescription.
When Seal returned, Narcotics Unit Detective Jeff Hilton allegedly located the drugs in the eyeglasses' earpiece.
Hilton told the Times-News Thursday that he believed drugs had been smuggled by this method in the past, but he didn’t know how many times or for how long it had been going on.
Inmate phone calls are subject to recording, however, and after Seal was arrested, new suspects were developed based on various jail phone conversations that allegedly took place arranging for Seal to make the drug delivery at the jail.
Among those new suspects were Slone’s mother, Agaline “Ag” Collins Slone, 51, 1931 Highway 31 Mooresburg.
Monday afternoon the HCSO executed a search warrant at Ag Slone’s home and allegedly found seven Suboxone strips, as well as a few pills and two syringes.
She was charged with introduction of a controlled substance into a penal facility, possession of Schedule II narcotics, two counts of possession of Schedule IV narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At the time of her arrest Monday Ag Slone was on probation for introduction or drugs into a penal institution in the Hancock County Jail for another son being held there.
As of Thursday Ag Slone remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $30,000 bond.
Also developed as suspects were three jail inmates who were allegedly supposed to receive the Suboxone strips delivered by Seal.
Those inmates were each charged with introduction of a controlled substance into a penal facility and include:
• Willie Slone, 31, 1929 Highway 31 Mooresburg. Slone has a $20,000 bond but isn’t eligible to make bond until he completes a jail sentence for theft over $500 and probation violation.
• Casey Dewayne Bledsoe, 32, 135 Dogwood Ln., Whitesburg. Bledsoe has a $20,000 bond but isn’t eligible to make bond until he completes a jail sentence for probation violation.
• Cody Lee Horner, 22, 126 Davis Dr. Rogersville. Horner has a $20,000 bond but isn’t eligible to make bond until he completes a sentence for violation of community corrections and failure to appear.
The investigation also allegedly revealed that Cheryl Ann Ellis, 32, 203 ½ Jackson Rd., Rogersville, had driven Seal to the Jail on June 3 for the purpose of delivering the Suboxone strips. She too was charged with introduction of Schedule III narcotic into a penal facility and was being held on $20,000 bond.
Suboxone strips are designed to dissolve on the tongue and are most often prescribed to help wean drug addicts off of heavier drugs.