MOULTRIE — A Colquitt County jury acquitted a former prison inmate and his alleged accomplice in a case in which a Moultrie woman was accused of delivering contraband in the Colquitt County Courthouse.
Jurors found Shemenor McBurrows, 34, 608 Third St. N.W., and Willie Tells Jr., 40, not guilty following a May 13 trial.
They each had been accused of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana more than one ounce and possession of items prohibited to inmates.
The two were charged in December after they were found in a closet in a basement of the courthouse, according to law enforcement. McBurrows told police that she was delivering a plate of food to Tells, who at the time was an inmate at Colquitt County Correctional Institution.
Law enforcement officials said that they had received two tips that month about deliveries of contraband to an inmate in the courthouse. A search of the area where McBurrows and Tells were found turned up marijuana and multiple packs of tobacco.
In recent weeks four people have been arrested in connection with the delivery of marijuana and tobacco to restrooms at the county’s agricultural building, which is adjacent to the sheriff’s office.