Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:08

Suspects Wanted For Attempting To Send Drugs To Inmate Arrested And Charged

L-R: Annette Loraine Craft and Stacey Ann Butler L-R: Annette Loraine Craft and Stacey Ann Butler Courtesy of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

46-year-old Annette Loraine Craft of Lincolnton and 44-year-old Stacey Ann Butler of Cherryville were arrested Monday (June 11) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Craft is charged with furnishing a controlled substance to inmates and four counts of conspiracy. Butler was served warrants for conveying messages or weapons to convicts, misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods and two counts of conspiracy.

The suspects are charged with attempting to provide an inmate illegal drugs while he was incarcerated at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office jail staff found the drugs while processing mail and they alerted detectives. It was determined that the drugs were intended for a specific inmate who was awaiting sentencing. After obtaining jail records and other evidence, detectives identified two females who spoke with the inmate about the letter and conspired together to send the drugs.

The drugs seized were the prescription opioid suboxone. The inmate, 29-year-old Brandon Lashan Lineberger of Lincolnton, will be charged with four counts of felony conspiracy. He is currently serving a prison sentence within the North Carolina Department of Corrections and will be officially served at a later date.

Craft was jailed under a $40,000 secured bond. Butler's bond was set at $10,000 secured. Craft has a District Court date July 2, no court date was listed for Butler.

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