A Davie detention officer was charged with supplying drugs to inmates.
Franklin Bledsoe, 25, of Daniel Boone Trail, Mocksville, has been charged with conspiracy to deliver a Schedule 6 controlled substance and criminal possession of a synthetic cannabinoid. He was released on $25,000 bail.
The Davie County Sheriff’s Office received information in early March about a detention center staff member who may have been helping inmates smuggle contraband into the center, Sheriff JD Hartman said.
Subsequently, an internal investigation obtained adequate information to open a criminal investigation into Detention Officer Franklin Bledsoe for assisting an inmate to bring controlled substances into the detention center. Bledsoe allegedly passed information from inmates to a source regarding drugs sought by specific inmates, the source would then deliver the drugs to a point near the center, and Bledsoe would collect the drugs from said point for delivery to the inmate, Hartman said.
Bledsoe would have been compensated by the source and the inmate for his actions, he said.
The investigation by the sheriff’s office and the NC SBI led to Bledsoe’s indictment on April 11. Bledsoe was employed as a detention officer in October 2021.
He was fired from the Davie County Sheriff’s Office.
Tony Martin Deese, an inmate at Davie Detention Center, was charged with two counts of drug trafficking on April 12.
Jalyn Rose Chatmon has an outstanding warrant on a felony drug charge.
“We will prosecute anyone involved in illegal drugs if the evidence is available, and the investigation provides sufficient probable cause for charges to be filed in the case,” Hartman said. “No matter who you are or where you work, I will not tolerate any staff member who violates their duties to the citizens of Davie County, their oath of office, or their solemn duties to fellow officers.”
Deese, 27, has been charged with conspiracy to deliver a Schedule 6 controlled substance and criminal possession of a synthetic cannabinoid. He is being held on an additional bond of $5,000
Deese was being held for felony non-appearance in Davie and Iredell counties and assault on law enforcement, possession of a firearm by a felon and attempted break and enter into the Rowan county. His total bond now stands at $581,000.
Chatmon, 20, of Needmore Road, Woodleaf has outstanding warrants for conspiracy to deliver a Schedule 6 controlled substance.