Police: Two women attempt to smuggle drugs into county jail

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two Gwinnett women are being held without bond for attempting to smuggle narcotics and prescription medication into the county jail Thursday night, authorities said.

The suspects -- Meagan Williams, 28, of Buford, and Melissa Wilkerson, 37, of Norcross -- reportedly tried to pass through the Gwinnett County Jail's X-ray machine carrying baggies of methamphetamine and Xanax.

Both women are charged with violating Georgia's Controlled Substances Act, obstruction of law enforcement, crossing a guard line with drugs and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Trouble started just before 8 p.m. when Williams entered the jail lobby and placed a cigarette pack on the X-ray machine with what appeared to be a bag of drugs stuffed inside, said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais.

As a male deputy reached to examine the pack of smokes, Williams tried to retrieve them, and a struggle ensued, Bourbonnais said.

"During the struggle, (Wilkerson) entered the building and began fighting with the deputy and another sheriff's deputy who came to assist," Bourbonnais said.

Wilkerson wrested the baggy away and broke for the parking lot, where she was captured by deputies. Meanwhile, deputies subdued Williams inside the lobby, Bourbonnais said.

Deputies recovered the bag of powder, which tested positive for meth, and found a second baggy containing pills at the security machine. Williams indicated the pills were Xanax, Bourbonnais said.

Scales and bags associated with the sale of illegal drugs were recovered in a vehicle the two arrived in, she said.

Both women are being held without bond at the jail. Bourbonnais said neither woman was scheduled to visit any inmate Thursday.