A pair of Wyoming County residents are in jail after attempting to get drugs into the County Jail in Tunkhannock on Jan. 31.
According to court records, Bradley Wesley Askew, 20, of Meshoppen, and Mariah Lynn Henderson, 22, of Mehoopany, were charged by Wyoming County Chief Detective David A. Ide with contraband and affiliated drug offenses after they carried out an alleged plan to get drugs to Henderson’s boyfriend, Travis Davis, 27, of Tunkhannock, who was housed at the jail.
In criminal complaints filed against Askew and Henderson, Ide notes that Deputy Jail Warden Gordon Traveny had been informed by an inmate that another inmate was making arrangements over the phone with his girlfriend to throw some type of drugs over the jail’s wall into its courtyard.
Traveny had listened in on Davis’ telephone calls and learned that he had revealed to Henderson when he expected to be in the jail’s courtyard.
According to the complaint, Henderson is alleged to have told Davis in one of the phone calls that she would be at the facility between 1:05 and 1:15 p.m., and she would blow her car’s horn to let him know she was in the vicinity.
Henderson parked her vehicle north of the jail, where a man later identified as Askew, exited it and walked toward the jail throwing a brown colored package over the wall into the courtyard.
As Askew ran back to the car, he was detained by state troopers.
According to the complaint, he was advised of his constitutional rights and admitted that it was he that threw the package over the wall and he did so at the direction of Davis’ girlfriend, Henderson, who was driving the vehicle.
Henderson later told police that her boyfriend had asked her to obtain a controlled substance, namely Suboxone,
She described to authorities that a 17-year-old female had placed the suboxone along with a white-colored tablet, believed to be Percocet or Vicodin inside a rubber glove and tied a single rock to it, and she gave the package to Askew.
At roughly 1:55 p.m., staff members of the jail recovered the package with the controlled substance inside the courtyard.
Askew and Henderson were charged by Detective Ide with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver, contraband, and endangering the welfare of children.
When authorities went to speak to Henderson, they discovered her two-year-old daughter in the car.
Davis had been in jail on unrelated charges but was later released after the Jan. 31 incident.
On Monday, Feb. 10. Davis was arraigned before District Judge Carl Smith on charges of contraband and other drug-related offenses. Judge Smith set bail at $25,0000 and unable to post it, he returned to the jail that day.
Davis has a preliminary hearing set before Judge Smith on Feb. 20.
Askew and Henderson have preliminary hearings set for Feb. 13. When they were arraigned Jan. 31, Judge Smith had set their bail at $25,000 each and unable to post it, they were remanded to the jail.