More arrests in prison contraband case


State troopers and correctional officials continued this week to clear up the prison contraband scandal that they say has plagued the Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown.

Four inmates who were housed at the facility were arrested this week at the prison and formally charged with involvement in the prison contraband scheme. All four inmates were arrested on the evening of July 22. A Lewes woman was also arrested for her alleged involvement in the scheme.

Ray L. Rutledge, 39, was charged with two counts of Promoting Prison Contraband and one count of Conspiracy. Charles Meritt, 36, was charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of Promoting Prison Contraband and four counts of conspiracy. William Weedon Jr., 51, was charged with two counts of Promoting Prison Contraband and four counts of Conspiracy. William Weedon III, 26, was charged with two counts of Promoting Prison Contraband and four counts of Conspiracy.

Emily Trout, 22, of Lewes was arrested July 24 on three counts Conspiracy 3rd for her alleged part in the scheme. Police said Trout accepted and cashed checks, in exchange for tobacco products that were making their way back into SCI. They said Trout is the girlfriend of William Weedon III. Upon her arraignment, Trout was released on a $1,500 unsecured bond.

Troopers had arrested Leonard S. Whitman, 38, of Dagsboro, along with Carly Weedon, 28, of Rehoboth Beach, on July 21 for allegedly introducing contraband into the prison. Whitman was a correctional officer at the time of the alleged contraband smuggling activity and at his arrest. Weedon is the daughter of William Weedon Jr.

Police said their investigation is continuing.