FIRST ON WITN: Volleyballs used to smuggle pot, Xanax, cell phones into prison

Published: Mar. 15, 2017 at 10:53 AM EDT
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Marijuana, Xanax pills and cell phones is what police say they found in volleyballs being smuggled into one Eastern Carolina prison.

Windsor police say two men have been charged with trying to smuggle the contraband into the Bertie Correctional Institution on Saturday morning.

Police say three men were spotted on a path leading to the prison property, one of them carrying a volleyball. Officers located the men, but while speaking to them the three ran away.

One of the men was immediately caught, while another officer chased the man with the volleyball. He was cornered in a yard of a home on Cooper Hill Road and police say they found a baggie of suspected cocaine on the man.

The prison was told to check for any contraband inside the fence, and they found two volleyballs. The volleyballs were apparently lobbed over the prison fences.

Inside the three volleyballs, police say they found nearly 9 ounces of pot, 80 Xanax pills, 3 bags of tobacco and 23 cell phones.

Dejaun Davis, 23, of Woodland, and Tyrone Robinson, 26, of Lewiston, were both charged with 23 counts of attempt to furnish cell phones to an inmate, possession with intent to sell and deliver Xanax, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

Authorities have not yet located the third person.

The two men went before a judge this morning.

Davis told the judge he wants to represent himself, while Robinson asked for a court appointed attorney.

Both men have their next court date set for March 29th and remain jailed on $100,000 bonds.

The state Department of Public Safety says inmates will still be allowed to use volleyballs in the prison's recreation yard.