Downstate Woman Faces Drug Charges in Manistee County

Melanie Turo

A downstate woman is facing drug charges after passing something to an inmate at the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee County.

Michigan State Police say a corrections officer witnessed Melanie Turo pass something to a family member she was visiting in February 2020. The inmate ran down the hall and digested the item.

Turo denied passing anything to the inmate. Surveillance video was reviewed and troopers got a warrant to search Turo’s motel room. Troopers found bags of balloons, balloons packed with suspected meth, cash, phones, sim cards and a record book containing inmate information.

Turo is now in the Manistee County and is due back in court in May.