2 accused of smuggling addiction treatment drug into Sussex prison

GEORGETOWN — Teresa Cook, 38, and Aron McNatt, 36, of Lewes, were arrested on Tuesday after it was discovered they were planning to smuggle Suboxone into Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI), according to the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC).

According to the manufacturer of the prescribed medicine, Suboxone is used to treat adults who are dependent on (addicted to) opioids (either prescription or illegal).

It’s one of the few medicines approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat opiate addiction.

Teresa Cook

The DOC arrested the pair after an investigation that revealed Cook’s intention to visit McNatt — a current inmate of the facility — and pass the Suboxone off to him.

Cook, around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, entered the visitor lobby area of SCI for a scheduled visit when she was found to be in possession of Suboxone concealed on her person, said the DOC.

“The arrest of Cook and McNatt is a result of our comprehensive strategy to interdict contraband that enters our facilities,” Deputy Bureau Chief of Prisons Paul Shavack said in a statement.

Aron McNatt

“Through extensive investigative efforts and measures, the department will continue instituting system wide measures to combat the flow of contraband, keeping both our correctional staff and offenders safe.”

Cook was taken into custody and transported to Delaware State Police Troop 4 where she was processed and charged with intent to deliver a controlled substance, promoting prison contraband and conspiracy. Cook was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to SCI in default of $3,500 secured bond.

McNatt was charged with criminal solicitation, promoting prison contraband and conspiracy.

He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 2 and was remanded to SCI on $3,000 unsecured bond.

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