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Detention officer helped smuggle drugs into jail, North Carolina sheriff says

The investigation revealed that the drugs were being sent into the jail by mail.

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A North Carolina detention officer helped smuggle drugs into a detention center, deputies confirmed Monday.

An investigation was conducted after officials learned that small amounts of contraband and illegal drugs were being smuggled into the Yadkin County Detention Center, deputies said.

The investigation revealed that items containing the drugs were being mailed through the United States Postal Service into the jail.

In a separate, related investigation, officials learned that Wendy Nelson, a nighttime detention officer, was assisting two men in the delivery of contraband and narcotics that were hidden in property that was delivered for an inmate, Christopher Caudill.

Nelson and Caudill had developed "an inappropriate personal relationship" and Nelson allowed Caudill to use a cellphone while incarcerated.

Nelson and Caudill were arrested, along with Chadwick Essick, Johnathan Yarboro, Selena Calhoun, Joseph Walker, Cody Parrish, Edgar Strickland, Scott Strickland, Brandon Strickland and Bobby Davis.

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Yadkin Co. Sheriff's Office
yadkin co. jail drug arrests
Yadkin Co. Sheriff's Office

Nelson, 44, faces several felony counts. She received a $100,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on May 18, officials said.