Tyrrell Prison Work Farm inmate charged with multiple drug violations

Published 2:17 pm Monday, July 22, 2019

Tyrrell County sheriff’s deputies seized cocaine, marijuana, Suboxone and tobacco from a Tyrrell Prison Work Farm inmate working in Columbia on July 16, sheriff’s investigator Norman Steele reported.

David Anthony Fantone was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell/deliver Suboxone, possession with intent to sell/deliver tobacco.

Fantone’s secured bond was set at $50,000, and he was placed back in the prison work farm pending a court appearance on July 24.

The sheriff’s office received information from prison work farm staff on July 16 “in reference to contraband to be picked up by an inmate on work release, working for the town of Columbia,” Investigator Steele reported.

“Deputies set up and surveilled, at the place that this contraband was to be picked up,” Steele stated. “David Anthony Fantone, an inmate at the Prison, was seen getting the contraband and was taken into custody.”

Items retrieved from Fantone were 28 grams of cocaine, 6.5 grams of marijuana, 14 dosage units of Suboxone, 22.5 ounces of tobacco, and 74 tobacco cigarettes, Steele related.