DEPUTIES: Man threw bag with impotence meds, cell phones over prison fence

HALIFAX COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A Winston-Salem man was arrested after deputies say he tried to smuggle impotence medicine, cell phones and tobacco into an Eastern Carolina prison.

Halifax County deputies arrested Abel Zeratsion on Wednesday not far from the Caledonia Correctional Institution in Tillery.

Deputies say two correctional officers followed a vehicle after they saw a person throwing an item over the prison fence around 8:00 a.m.

A deputy spotted the vehicle on Highway 561 in Halifax and arrested Zeratsion.

Back at the prison, deputies say the plastic bag contained 13 dosage units for sexual dysfunction, 10 cell phones with chargers, a pound of smoking tobacco, 7 packages of synthetic marijuana, 23 suboxone strips, and 22 acetaminophen codeine dosage units.

The 30-year-old man was charged with possession of a controlled substance at prison/jail premises, attempt to furnish tobacco products or mobile phones to inmate, and two counts of possession with the intent to sell/deliver schedule III controlled substance, and driving while license revoked.

Zeratsion has a February 21st court date.