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Winston man charged with throwing tobacco, phones into prison yard

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The seizure. The seizure. City County Drug Task Force

A Winston-Salem man was arrested today for reportedly throwing a bag over a fence at Caledonia Correctional Institution which contained cell phones, tobacco and a variety of drugs including sexual dysfunction dosage units.

Captain A.M. Harris of the City County Drug Task Force said it hasn’t been determined who was to get the drop, which Abel Geberwhit Zeratsion allegedly threw into the prison yard around 8 this morning.

Harris said a call on the matter to Halifax County Central Communications was generated by prison staff and two staff members gave a description of the vehicle.

In a statement Harris said the staff members followed Zeratsion at a safe distance and gave his location.

Harris noticed the vehicle on Highway 561 approaching Highway 301 in Halifax and initiated a traffic stop.  

Zeratsion was identified by his suspended North Carolina driver’s license.

Lieutenant C. Boden, Detective Sergeant T. Clark and Corporal P. Moyer of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers D. Edwards and C. Wheeler assisted.

Prison staff turned over the plastic bag thrown over the fence to Harris.

The plastic bag contained two vacuumed sealed items which had more than a pound of smoking tobacco, 10 cell phones with chargers, seven packages of K2 synthetic marijuana, 23 suboxone strips, 22 Acetaminophen Codeine  dosage units and 13 other dosage units for sexual dysfunction. The sexual dysfunction medication is called Buspirone, Harris said. While it is not a controlled substance it is a prescription medication.

Zeratsion, who, according to state Department of Public Safety records, is currently on three years probation in Forsyth County, was arrested and transported to the sheriff’s office.

He was processed and charged with driving while license revoked, 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 intent to sell and deliver schedule III controlled substance.

He was jailed on $75,000 secured bond and has a February 21 court date.



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