3 arrested for attempting to sneak drugs into Carteret County Jail

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Misty Star Jones was arrested on 03.07.2019 and remains in custody.

BEAUFORT – Two Carteret County women were arrested on felony charges of attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the Carteret County Jail on December 6, 2018.

The women tried to sneak the drugs into the facility by hiding them inside a pair of tennis shoes.

Misty Star Jones, 29, of Gloucester, along with Jackie Craddock Smith, 61, of Morehead City, were charged with possessing and conspiring to deliver methamphetamine, possession by deliver to an inmate, and aiding and abetting an inmate when they attempted to smuggle one gram of methamphetamine to inmate


Jackie Craddock Smith was arrested on 02.01.2019 and is out on bail.

Stephen George O’Neill.

O’Neill, 56, who was also charged with conspiring to deliver methamphetamine and aiding and abetting the delivery of drugs to inmates, is awaiting a court hearing to face charges of rape and kidnapping.

On November 7, 2018 investigators were notified by the District Attorney’s Office that narcotics could be delivered to the Carteret County Detention Center, but were unsure of the exact date and time of delivery.

O’Neill asked Smith to bring him the contraband over a phone designated for inmate use. Officials happened to hear the conversation over the Paytel system, which is designed to record inmates’ telephone calls.

On December 6, 2018 a male dropped off a pair of black Ozark Trail tennis shoes under the pretense that an inmate needed non-slip shoes for an inmate work assignment. Upon further inspection of the shoes, investigators discovered 1 gram of the narcotic in a hollowed out

Stephen George O’Neill was arrested on 01.28.2019 and remains in custody.

area underneath the padding of each shoe. Investigators determined the male that dropped off the shoes was not aware of the contraband concealed in the shoes.

“Thanks to the system, investigators were able to hear the conversation, identify who the suspects were and intercept the contraband before it was distributed throughout the detention center,” said Sheriff Buck.

In addition to the $1 million dollar secured bond for previous charges, an additional $10,000 secured bond was added to O’Neill’s’ bail amount. Smith has been released on a $10,000 secured bond and is awaiting trial. Jones remains in custody under a $20,000 secured bond.