Sheriff: Inmate found with Xanax, other pills in county jail

Published 10:52 am Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Salisbury woman booked into the county jail for a number of offenses was found this weekend with bottle of Xanax and other pills, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies were conducting a search in the jail inside the women’s dorm on Saturday at 3 a.m. and discovered Jessica Dannine Absher with 13 Xanax pills and three Suboxone. It is not clear where she got the pills and where she was hiding them. Officials said she did not say a word.

Absher, 24, of the 100 block of Cedar Drive, was charged with felony possession of controlled substances on a jail premise. She was taken before a magistrate and issued a $5,000 secured bond.

She was booked into the jail on Jan. 20 following a court date. She was originally arrested for a probation violation and went to court Jan. 13, officials said.

On Jan. 20, court personnel served Absher with a number of warrants — one count misdemeanor larceny, two counts misdemeanor child abuse and one count misdemeanor driving while license revoked. She was not given a bond for those offenses.

She was convicted in September of motor vehicle violation and driving while license revoked, both misdemeanors. Absher was also convicted in April 2013 of misdemeanor larceny and in March 2013 of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.