Tahlequah Daily Press

January 25, 2013

Woman charged with contraband in jail

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County prosecutors are charging a Tahlequah woman who allegedly had several items of contraband in her jail cell at the Cherokee County Detention Center last month.

Michelle Shneice Angel, 34, faces one felony count of possessing contraband as an inmate.

She could face five to 20 years in prison if convicted.

According to a jail report filed on the matter, CCDC officers learned Angel was given a cigarette lighter by a family member while she was in court in December. Officers confiscated the lighter, and when Angel and other female inmates were taken back to the jail from the courthouse, officers kept the women in booking and conducted a search of the jail cells  where women are housed.

While searching Angel’s cell, officers allegedly found a plastic bag with a ball of toilet paper inside.

Inside the tissue was a glass smoking device, a small plastic bag with a couple of pills, and a smaller plastic bag with an unknown powdery substance, according to CCDC officers.

Officers said the items were hidden under a mat in Angel’s cell, but Angel denied knowing about the items. Jail officers said she was the only inmate housed in the cell.

Records show Angel was arrested by Tahlequah police in December for outstanding warrants, along with charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, obstructing an officer, and public intoxication.