Basketball found stuffed with drugs on prison grounds


COLUMBIA, N.C. (WNCT) – Tyrrell County Deputies responded to a call at Tyrrell Prison Work Farm Saturday regarding contraband found on the premises.

Prison staff observed a suspicious vehicle operating near the prison.

As a result, prison staff conducted a search of the perimeter of the grounds and discovered a basketball on the yard of the prison with black tape around it.

When the basketball was opened, prison staff found packaged marijuana, loose tobacco, rolling papers, 3 cigarette lighters, and three tee shirts.

The Sheriff’s Office said it has possession of the marijuana and weighed it as 74.6 grams.

The investigation is ongoing.

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