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Bonding agent charged with trying to send drugs into Eastern Regional Jail

May 03, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — An agent for a criminal bonding business is accused of taking part in a scheme to send  illegal drugs into Eastern Regional Jail, according to Berkeley County magistrate and circuit court records.

Shelly L. Garrison, 40, of Martinsburg, was arraigned Thursday by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on one felony count of conspiracy to transport controlled substances into jail and one count of distribution of a controlled substance, according to court documents.

Garrison was released after bail was posted for a $20,000 bond, according to court documents. 

A motion filed in circuit court Thursday to remove Garrison as a bonding agent for Special Services Bureau, which does business as A. Regional Bonding Co. in the 23rd Judicial Circuit, is pending, according to court documents.

Garrison allegedly purchased synthetic marijuana and then gave it to a woman who then mailed to an Eastern Regional Jail inmate in March, according to court documents.

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When authorities questioned the inmate about the recovery of the drugs, he told authorities he was Garrison’s boyfriend and that the marijuana was intended to satisfy a $20 debt he had with another inmate.

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