Report details drug mule activity in prison

College instructor smuggling drugs to the inmates

By ROBERT JORDAN
Of the Record staff
Posted 8/5/22

An instructor at Central Carolina Community College is facing several drug charges after she was busted with narcotics inside the Harnett Correctional Center Wednesday morning.

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Report details drug mule activity in prison

College instructor smuggling drugs to the inmates

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An instructor at Central Carolina Community College is facing several drug charges after she was busted with narcotics inside the Harnett Correctional Center Wednesday morning.

Fifty-four-year-old Joanna Cox Lewis of 112 Tarpley Way, Garner, is accused of being a drug mule for prisoners as she taught barber classes for CCCC at the prison.

An incident/investigation report filed with the Lillington Police Department details the calls and texts that preceded her arrest.

On July 28, Capt. Jimmy Dorman of the Harnett Correctional Institution contacted the Lillington Police Department regarding evidence and information he uncovered about an employee receiving illegal controlled substances from people outside the prison. The substances were delivered through Lewis, according to the investigation report.

On June 10 at 8:17 p.m., prison officials say they intercepted and monitored a telephone call placed by inmate Willie J. Lenon from the prison to an unidentified man. Lenon reportedly inquired about obtaining 50-100 pads of Suboxone as well as some methamphetamine.

Suboxone is a prescription medication used in treating those addicted to opioids, illegal or prescription.

Dorman reported numerous calls between June 10 and Aug. 2 from inmates to outside drug dealers discussing desired drug amounts, pricing and drop-off points as well as how to get the illegal substances into the prison. The calls were noted on video surveillance footage.

Three inmates were reportedly involved: Lenon, James N. Stewart and Kent Lamont Cameron.

On June 11 at 8:53 p.m., inmate Lenon placed a call and spoke with an unknown male voice. Lenon asked if the man could provide methamphetamine, Suboxone, K2 (synthetic marijuana) and tobacco and leave the drugs in Lewis’ mailbox at her home, according to the investigation report.

On June 16 at 11:07 a.m., authorities say Lenon called the unknown man and informed him that Lenon will have someone text the man the delivery address.

On June 17 at 12:56 p.m., Lenon reportedly placed a call to Javon Dallas and asked for Dallas’ CASHAPP information which Dallas provided. Lenon then requested Dallas to text the number of the unknown male and give the man the address of 112 Tarpley Way, Garner, NC, according to the report. This was the address of Joanna Lewis.

Later that day at 4:19 p.m., Lenon called the same number and spoke with a man who confirmed he had received the address via text message, the report stated.

On June 17 at 8:50 p.m., inmate Stewart called the same number and told a man to make the drop to Lewis on June 19 (Father’s Day), according to the report. Police say the man was reluctant to make the drop on that day, because he wanted to take his dad out to eat and the drive to make the drop would take nearly five hours round trip. The time of the drop was set between the hours of 12 and 8.

Later, Lenon called the same number, spoke with the unknown man, confirmed the drop had been completed and told the man to text his CASHAPP information to his brother, according to the report.

On June 27, at 7:27 p.m., Lenon called Javon Dallas and told him to send $400 to a CASHAPP account linked to Joanna Lewis, the report stated. Police say Lenon cautioned Dallas not to mention Lewis’ name.

Lenon reportedly asked Dallas to add the text message to the money sent reading “from your son Will, thank you.” Police say Lenon then gave Dallas the cellphone number of Lewis and asked Dallas to send the text “Hi mom is Javon, Willie’s other brother, nice to meet you.”

On June 28 at 7:30 p.m., call records show Lenon again called Dallas and requested he text his “mom” (Lewis) from the $400 CASHAPP and tell her, your son said “I hope you’re feeling well and thank you.”

On June 28 at 8:02 p.m., Lenon called Dallas again and instructed him to send $100 to his “mom” (Lewis) from the same CASHAPP the night before.

On July 13 at 4:01 p.m., prison officials say inmate Cameron called another number and spoke with an unknown man asking him for Percocet. The man said he already had 20 in hand and Cameron told him he found a way to get it inside, according to the report.

Cameron then handed the phone to Lenon, police say. Inmate Lenon reportedly told the man that all he had to do was drop the package off to “my people’s” mailbox.

Lenon asked the man to package the drugs in saran wrap and black tape quarter, dime or penny roll size, small enough that Lewis could put it in her vagina, according to the report. Police say Lenon instructed the man to package the pills separate because they were payment for Lewis making the delivery.

On July 14 at 10:48 a.m., Lenon called a number and instructed the man who answered that he wanted cigarettes and would have his brother text him the address that’s in Garner, according to the report.

On July 14 at 12:16 p.m., police say Lenon called Dallas and told him to send the address of “112” to the phone number Lenon called at 10:48 a.m. Lenon repeatedly told Dallas to stop saying the address over the phone, the report stated.

On July 14 at 7:33 p.m., Lenon called the number he called at 10:48 a.m. and reportedly confirmed that his “homebody” texted him the address.

On July 15, Lennon called the unknown man and confirmed he received his package.

On Aug. 1 at 3:54 p.m., Lenon called a number and spoke with the unknown man that answered. The two of them discussed 100-140 strips of Suboxone to be dropped off at Lewis’ home before 10 p.m. on Aug. 2, the report stated.

On Aug. 2 at 7:37 p.m., police say Lenon called and spoke with the same man, who told Lenon he did not have enough for it to be worthwhile, because he only had 50 pads. Lenon reportedly told the man that he needed what he had and that this was the only day of the week he could drop it off.

On Aug. 2 at 8:03 p.m., Lenon called the same number. Police say the man on the other end agreed to make the drop that night and told Lenon he was searching for more. He reportedly told Lennon to call him back at 9:30 p.m.

On Aug. 2 at 9:25 p.m., Lenon called the same number. The man told Lenon he was on the way with 70 pads (Suboxone), according to the report, and Lenon asked the man to text Dallas and have him text “mom” to let her know it’s coming.

After the confirmation, Capt. Dorman informed Lillington Police detective Lt. S. Letuli that Lewis would arrive at the prison on Aug. 3 to begin work at 7 a.m. Letuli applied for and received a search warrant for Lewis.

Prison staff detained Joanna Lewis as she entered the gatehouse at Harnett Correctional Institution on Aug. 3. Lewis reportedly told Capt. Dorman she left the drugs at home, but was willing to take personnel there to locate the contraband.

Lewis later admitted to Letuli she was carrying the drugs in her bra, according to the report.

Lillington Police Officer Bowels took Lewis into custody and searched her.

Bowels reported retrieving three plastic baggies contained 72 Suboxone strips and two hydrocodone pills.

Lewis was charged with two counts of possessing a controlled substance in prison and one count each of delivering a Schedule II and Schedule III controlled substances, and maintaining a place for controlled substances. She was booked under a $20,000 bond, but posted bail and was released.

Willie Junior Lennon, 34, is a medium custody inmate sentenced in Mecklenburg County presently serving a sentence of 21 years and 12 months for second-degree murder. He is presently confined to single-cell housing at Harnett Correctional Institution. He has received three disciplinary infractions during his sentence for unauthorized tobacco use and substance possession, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety offender records.

James Nathaniel Stewart, 44, is a medium custody inmate sentenced in Guilford County presently serving a sentence of 13 years and 10 months for numerous convictions related to drug trafficking. He is presently confined to single-cell housing at Harnett Correctional Institution. He has received two disciplinary infractions during his sentence for substance possession, NCDPS records show.

Kent Lamont Cameron, 42, is a medium custody inmate sentenced in Harnett County presently serving a sentence of 17 years 11 months for manslaughter. He is presently confined to single-cell housing at Harnett Correctional Institution. He has received 10 disciplinary infractions during his sentence for unauthorized tobacco use, disobeying orders, unauthorized leave, profane language, attempted Class A and Class B offenses, extortion, substance possession and selling and misusing medication, according to NCDPS records.

Keep checking with mydailyrecord.com for updates on this evolving story.

Robert Jordan can be reached at rjordan@mydailyrecord.com or 910-230-2037.

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