Grandma charged with smuggling drugs to jailed grandson

Authorities say Carolyn Gay is accused of smuggling drugs to her grandson, Shawn Weister, at the Eastern Regional Jail. (West Virginia Regional Jail) 

Authorities said a West Virginia grandmother has joined her grandson in jail after being accused of smuggling drugs to him behind bars.

The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force said Carolyn Lou Gay, 64, was arrested Wednesday on 15 charges related to drug possession and delivery.

News media report a criminal complaint says Gay visited her grandson Sept. 2 at Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg. The complaint says a guard heard inmate Shawn Douglas Weister tell Gay to "go ahead." It says Weister was directed to a strip search room, but instead ran away. When guards caught up, he yelled: "Run granny, they caught me."

The complaint says investigators found 22 sealed drinking straws containing various drugs including heroin in Weister's possession, and Gay is the only person who visited him.

Gay is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail on a $250,000 surety/cash-only bond. Weister is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond and $80,000 surety/cash-only bond.

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