Crime & Courts

Police: Mother tried to smuggle drugs into jail in Bible

Investigators in Lincoln County say Brandon Kirby’s mother tried to smuggle drugs and tobacco to him inside the Lincoln County jail using a bible.
Investigators in Lincoln County say Brandon Kirby’s mother tried to smuggle drugs and tobacco to him inside the Lincoln County jail using a bible. Photo courtesy of Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

A Gaston County woman is accused of trying to use a Bible to smuggle drugs and tobacco to her son in jail.

Frances Lynn Ashe Melton, 54, of Lowell is charged with felony providing drugs to an inmate and misdemeanor providing tobacco products to an inmate.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Melton brought the Bible to the detention center for her son, Brandon Jackson Kirby, 34. Kirby has been in jail since June, when he was arrested for breaking and entering, theft, possession of stolen goods and other crimes. His bond is set at $125,000.

The Bible was apparently brought in using the name of another inmate, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A detention officer searched the Bible and “discovered an area that looked suspicious.” Part of the Bible had been glued together, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Officers found tobacco products inside coffee packets and Suboxone. Suboxone is commonly used like methadone, to treat people who are withdrawing from heroin and opioid addiction, and also is a pain reliever.

The Sheriff’s Office said Melton cooperated with investigators.

Melton was released from jail after posting $3,000 bail and is scheduled to make her first court appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Thursday.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson

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