Long Charged With Bringing Xanax Into Jail

New Martinsville resident Amanda Long, 29, who was arrested last week for allegedly operating a crystal meth lab in a hotel room, has also been accused of transporting Xanax pills into jail in a January incident.

Long was charged Thursday with transport of a controlled substance into a regional jail or correctional facility. Bond was set at $7,500.

According to a criminal complaint, Long was arrested on federal drug charges Jan. 16 in New Martinsville and transported to Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville. After Long allegedly denied having any contraband on her, correctional officers found 14 smuggled pills – identified as Xanax – reportedly hidden in her body.

In a later interview with West Virginia State Police, Long allegedly said she was frisked at the New Martinsville Police Department before using the restroom and then again by correctional staff. When asked if she had opportunity to flush the contraband, Long said, “I was worried and scared, I guess I could have flushed the pills.”

Officers arrested Long last week after serving a warrant for third offense shoplifting and finding an alleged crystal meth laboratory at the Plaza Inn on W.Va. 2. Michael R. Briggs, 25, was also arrested for allegedly making methamphetamine.

A preliminary hearing for Long on the Marshall County charges is scheduled for Feb. 24.