Rock Hill inmate accused of passing drugs in jail

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comSeptember 9, 2013 

John Simeon Ross

— An inmate at the Rock Hill jail gave a methadone pill to a fellow inmate while they were sharing a cell, and then hid a prescription bottle filled with more than 20 pills in his waistband last week, police say.

Police on Friday spoke with a jail officer, who said an inmate told him John Simeon Ross, 26, of Catawba gave him a pill while they were in their cell, according to a Rock Hill police report. The inmate told police Ross handed him the pill and tried to make him take it “against his will” just before the jail officer walked in to finish booking him.

Police took Ross to the shower and conducted a strip search, the report states. Ross told police that he had oxycodone in a prescription pill bottle tucked in his waistband. Ross claimed his cellmate saw the meds and asked him for one before he grabbed it without permission.

Police did not find any other drugs on Ross during the search, but learned the oxycodone in the bottle was actually methadone. There were 21-and-a-half pills in the bottle, none of which were prescribed to Ross.

Ross, who had been in jail after police initially charged him with receiving stolen goods, was charged with possession of contraband in the city jail and possession of a Schedule II drug with the intent to distribute.

He was taken to the York County Detention Center, where he remains jailed on a $60,000 bond.

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