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Tallassee woman arrested while visiting inmate


Law enforcement agents with the Alabama Department of Corrections Investigations and Intelligence Division arrested a Tallassee woman on charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, attempt to commit a controlled substance crime, and promoting prison contraband.

Emily Connell, 49, was taken into custody after it was discovered that she had delivered a package containing methamphetamines to an inmate she was visiting at Easterling Correctional Facility in Clio on Sunday, June 9.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., correctional staff found the package that had been passed on inside the facility’s visitation room. Connell was previously convicted of distribution of a controlled substance in 2013.

“We have – and will continue to – increased our surveillance operations with more security staff in an effort to prevent illegal contraband from coming into our state correctional facilities,” said Alabama Department of Corrections Director of Investigations and Intelligence Division, Arnaldo Mercado. “This is a high priority, and anyone attempting to smuggle drugs or any form of contraband into our prisons will be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The public should contact the ADOC Investigations and Intelligence Division at 1-866-293-7799 with information that may lead to the arrest of anyone attempting to introduce illegal contraband into state prisons or to report any criminal activity that could be taking place at any of the state prisons. The public may also report suspicious activity to law enforcement by going to the ADOC Website at

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