Mom smuggles in pot for inmate son

Apr 7 2011 - 12:02pm

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- An ill-advised prison gift has landed a Tennessee woman in jail.

Beverly Wilson, 51, who pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle marijuana-filled balloons into the Shelby County Division of Correction where her son was incarcerated last year, will no longer be just a visitor behind bars.

Wilson was hoping for probation, but instead will get an inside look at prison for the next two years. Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee scolded Wilson for her "cavalier attitude" and lengthy record of misdemeanor convictions.

Wilson was arrested on March 7 last year when an officer at the correction center noticed that inmate Michael Wilson, 24, was, according to an affidavit, "swallowing an unknown substance out of a bag of chips without chewing, which did not seem ordinary."

An officer found balloons containing marijuana in the bag.

Wilson, who pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and attempting to introduce contraband into a penal facility, told the judge that her son, who is serving time for aggravated robbery, needed something to help cope with depression.

Lawrence Buser is a reporter for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn.,


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