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4 charged in jail contraband case by Lexington County narcotics agents

Lexington County narcotics agents have arrested a woman and a man accused of trying to get drugs and contraband to the woman’s son and another inmate inside the Lexington County Detention Center.

Cassandra Shanklin, 48, and Hunter James Warren, 23, are charged with furnishing or possessing contraband in a county, criminal conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession with the intent to distribute a Schedule III substance, according to arrest warrants.

“Our crime reduction unit received a tip about Shanklin planning to get drugs and banned items into the jail,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon. “We set up surveillance operations and eventually saw Shanklin and Warren leaving the contraband near a perimeter area of the jail where inmates have some access Oct. 9.”

Deputies intercepted the package of meth, marijuana and pills before inmates retrieved it, according to Koon.

“Shanklin was arrested after we executed a search warrant at her house Oct. 13,” Koon said. “Warren was arrested Oct. 19 on a parole violation and the contraband charges.”

Two inmates are also charged in connection to the case, according to Koon. Shanklin’s son, Joshua, is charged with furnishing or possessing contraband in a jail, and criminal conspiracy. Donny Zimbro faces the same charges.

Warren, Joshua Shanklin and Zimbro are still being held in the Lexington County Detention Center. Cassandra Shanklin has been released after meeting conditions of her bond.

Cassandra Shanklin, Hunter James Warren, Joshua Shanklin, Donny Zimbro.