A 25-year-old inmate at the Faulkner County Detention Center is facing charges after allegedly bringing meth and marijuana into the jail.
According to a probable cause affidavit, a 29-year-old woman brought 5.2 grams of meth and 15.8 grams of marijuana into the jail following a request for "handlebars" and "cupcakes" by detainee Steven Howard.
Online records show that Mara Flood, 29, of Conway was charged in early March with furnishing prohibited articles, possessing drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of meth with purpose to deliver following the March 3 incident.
Detainee Howard was charged Friday with furnishing prohibited articles following his alleged involvement in the March incident, according to online records.
According to the probable cause affidavit, authorities learned Howard of cell 309 was using the jail phone to request drugs be brought in to the detention center using code names. Jail phone records showed Howard frequently called Flood and that the two had an arrangement set up for March 3.
"On [March 3], I monitored a call with Detainee Howard asking Mara Flood if she had all the party favors ready for delivery," one of the jailers wrote in his report. "I then alerted my chain of command and was told to proceed with trying to catch whom ever was all involved in bringing the contraband into Unit One. During one of the calls, an unknown detainee in cell 309 spoke to Mara Flood and gave a name of the so called 'party host.'"
Later that day, the affidavit states Flood went to the Faulkner County Detention Center Unit I and asked to give food to one of the inmates — Tyrone Lightfoot.
Jailers asked to inspect the food in the brown Burger King sack Flood had with her before allowing the Act 309 inmate to leave with the suspected contraband.
"She started to take in the bag of fast food but [jail staff] then took control and searched the bag," the incident report reads in part. "As he searched the bag, he pulled out a small baggie [that was] dark in color."
Investigators found 5.2 grams of meth, 15.8 grams of marijuana, lighters, rolling papers and loose tobacco inside the bag Flood brought and she was arrested on site, according to the affidavit. Online records show she has since pleaded not guilty to the allegations against her.
Charges against Howard were filed Friday. A plea and arraignment date had not yet been set in his case by press time Friday.