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Former inmate charged with having pills in jail

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

A Pembroke man who had pills hidden on him when he was taken to New River Valley Regional Jail on drug charges recently received a two-year prison sentence, with all but eight days suspended.

Robert Gilmer Cumbee, 56, pleaded no contest in Pulaski County Circuit Court to a charge of possession of drugs by an inmate. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but rather is an acknowledgement enough evidence exists for a finding of guilt.

Prosecutors said a plastic bag containing several pills were found inside Cumbee’s prosthetic leg when he was being processed into the jail Jan. 31 on charges in Giles County.

Court records show he is to be tried Oct. 8 in Giles County Circuit Court on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of scheduled drugs and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.

Although Cumbee was ordered to serve eight days in jail on the Pulaski County charge, he was given credit for time served between his January arrest and his posting of bond in July.

2 Responses to Former inmate charged with having pills in jail

  1. Cathy

    August 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    8 days out of two years. That’ll really teach him.

  2. david

    August 17, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I know drug charges in inner cities, bigger cities who get 5yrs for a lb. Of skunk, and this guy gets 8 days for introducing narcotics into a correctional facility?…………..wow!