Ashley Nelson, 26 of Fayetteville, was arrested early Saturday morning after she attempted to drop contraband near the Pine Bluff Unit Department of Correction. She told Arkansas State Police Special Agent Oscar Bullard that she was making the drop for her husband, Jacob Nelson, who is currently incarcerated at the Pine Bluff Unit.
At 1:05 a.m. Saturday morning, a small black passenger car was seen traveling down a dirt road leading to a horse barn located by the facility stopping with the lights off. Corrections officials approached the vehicle and took Nelson into custody.
The officers located a package that contained nine cell phones, nine cell phone chargers, 5 pounds, 2 ounces of loose tobacco, 14.8 ounces of smokeless tobacco, five cigarette lighters, five packages of rolling papers, two rolls of duct tape, two rolls of plastic wrap and two hand-rolled cigarettes containing suspected marijuana.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $20,000 bond for Nelson on Monday. The Arkansas Department of Correction website shows that Jacob Nelson was sentenced to 48 months in prison in 2018 on charges of fleeing and possession of a schedule I/II controlled substance.