Inmate convicted of having drugs inside state prison in Craven County

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) – An inmate who was convicted of possessing drugs inside a state prison will have to serve at least another eight years behind bars.

District Attorney Scott Thomas says LaJarvis Jones was convicted after a three-day trial last week in Craven County.

Jones was an inmate at the Craven Correctional Institution and was serving a sentence for felony attempted possession of stolen goods, possession of methamphetamine, and habitual felon out of Johnston County.

Thomas says Jones had buprenorphine inside the pocket of his prison jumpsuit during a search.

Jones had actually served his original sentence by the time the trial began and now will have to serve another 8-10 years for his conviction of possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises and being a habitual felon.