A Red Bay, Alabama, man was arrested last week after trying to conceal two oxycodone pills in a McDonald’s cheeseburger intended for his jailed wife.
Timothy Lee Thompson, 31, allegedly dropped the burger off on June 17 for his wife Ashley, according to Red Bay Police Chief Jana Jackson.
“He had [the oxycodone pills] hidden between two hamburger patties,” Red Bay Lt. Scotty Belue said.
By the time an officer discovered the pills, Thompson had left the scene. But a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was detained two days later, AL.com reported. He has been charged with second-degree promoting prison contraband.
Jackson told The Smoking Gun that Thompson would have been aware that all items are searched before being allowed to enter the jail, since he had previously brought a book for his wife and watched as an officer checked it page by page.
Thompson had also just been released several days previously on a theft by deception charge, Jackson told the Times Daily.
He added that relatives were allowed to bring food to people in jail. In the wake of this incident, however, all items will now have to be sealed.
Thompson has been released on a bond of $2,500. Jackson noted that further charges could be brought against the 31-year-old.
Thompson’s wife remains in the Red Bay jail facing a charge of third degree theft by deception. It is not clear if this relates to the same incident which led to her husband’s theft charge.
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