Salisbury police charge two, intercept drugs, alcohol drop at prison

Published 10:33 am Wednesday, March 18, 2020

By Shavonne Potts

SALISBURY — Salisbury Police charged two people and cited another after they intercepted marijuana and alcohol that was thrown over the prison fence Tuesday in Salisbury.

Akyea Tutu Jennings, 34, of Charlotte, was charged with felony furnishing a controlled substance to inmates. Jennings has since been released from the county jail under a $2,500 secured bond.

Kendal Montress Nesbit, 44, of the streets of Charlotte, was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and felony furnishing a controlled substance to inmates. Nesbit remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.

A third person, Markisha Santrice Cochran, was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana.

The department’s Crime Abatement Team and the Narcotics Team partnered with Piedmont Correctional Institute Warden William Glick for what they called Operation Sunset. The agency received information that “someone would throw something” over the fence between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday, said police spokesman Lt. Lee Walker.

Police investigators were stationed nearby and members of the abatement team were also on-site at the prison.

Nesbit, who was the driver of a vehicle, was seen driving on to Camp Road and tossing a bag over the fence. He jumped back into the car and left. Police caught up to the vehicle at 4999 S. Main St. and Grace Church Road.

Investigators seized 27 grams of synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 Spice and a 375 ml bottle of Hennessy Cognac.

Officers searched the vehicle and determined Markisha Cochran had a small amount of marijuana inside her purse.