Grandma accused in jail smuggling attempt


ROCKINGHAM — A 69-year-old woman is facing felony charges after deputies say she tried to smuggle drugs in the Richmond County Jail.

According to court documents, Nancy Diane Bookout, of Forrest Street, Rockingham, brought in white underwear and socks for Matthew Knight on May 27.

Inside the clothing, deputies say they found crushed Xanax and matches. The contraband was intercepted before making it to Knight.

Knight, Bookout’s grandson, was in jail on two misdemeanor larceny charges, as well as felony charges of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

Bookout was arrested June 8 and charged with one felony count each of delivering a Schedule IV controlled substance, providing drugs to an inmate and possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises.

She was booked into jail under a $20,000 secured bond at 10:10 that morning and bailed out at 9:30 a.m. the next day.

Online records show Bookout has no other pending charges or criminal convictions in the state.

William R. Toler