June 16, 2024

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MDOC: Hen wings, pot thrown into prison in footballs

Drone photo shows the campus of South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville.

Drone image shows the campus of South Mississippi Correctional Establishment in Leakesville.

Tammie Mills & Jon Turnipseed/InvestigateTV

Corrections officials at a South Mississippi prison say they confiscated dozens of unlawful mobile phones and lbs of cannabis and barbequed hen wings, some of which have been hid inside footballs and thrown over a jail fence.

The footballs and other deals cleared South Mississippi Correctional Institution’s double 18-foot-substantial fences about 1:30 a.m. Monday and were detected by the prison’s sensing technological know-how, officers explained in a press release.

The contraband was break up into 25 deals, which provided 38 cellphones, cigars, 20 kilos (9 kilograms) of tobacco and rolling papers, 4 lbs (1.8 kilograms) of cannabis and 7 lbs (3.1 kilograms) of barbequed rooster wings.

Superintendent Andrew Mills reported Security Chief Michael McLendon noticed the vehicle carrying the merchandise. A research is underway by condition and community legislation enforcement.

The inmates discovered linked with the smuggling attempt will drop eligibility for early release and gathered earned time, officers mentioned.

Deputy Commissioner of Establishments Jeworski Mallett said trespassing on prison grounds is unlawful. He explained the Office of Corrections is cracking down on contraband working with new technologies and are building strategies to re-open perimeter guard towers with marksmen armed with substantial-powered rifles.

Mississippi Section of Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain explained gang leaders use contraband “as a way to regulate other inmates.”

“We’re choking off their functions they’ve applied for a long time to handle prisons,” he explained. “Now we’re putting in and applying the most recent stability programs, drones overhead, and cameras and scanners everywhere.”