LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton mother is behind bars after police say she tried to smuggle drugs into the Warren Correctional Institution.
Loretta Cottey, 53, of Hamilton, is charged with attempting to convey drugs onto the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony, and possessing criminal tools, a fifth degree felony.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction obtained information that Cottey would be attempting to convey drugs to her son, who is an inmate at the prison, during a scheduled visit.
When Cottey arrived for her visit, troopers confronted her about her involvement in the conveyance of drugs. She voluntarily surrendered eight small balloons containing approximately two grams of suspected marijuana in each, 58 Klonopin tablets, and two one-hundred dollar bills.
Cottey was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail. If convicted, she could face up to six years in prison and a $15,000 fine.