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Woman arrested after Xanax pills found in food for inmate

A Pike County woman has been charged with intent to distribute a controlled substance after allegedly trying to smuggle Xanax into the Pike County Jail with food for an inmate.

Deputies arrested Tonia Matthews, 40, Monday at the jail on the charge after discovering the pills among other contraband.

“The correctional officer looked through the plate and found a plastic yellow straw that had been folded up containing 10 Xanax tablets,” said Chief Deputy Buck Williams.

The officer also found a small amount of tobacco and a cell phone, Williams said.

Matthews was booked into the Pike County Jail on a $7,500 bond. Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance is a Class B Felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison.