Private Vendor Employee Arrested for Introduction of Contraband at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility

(JACKSON) – A truck driver for a private vendor delivering supplies to the
Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl has been arrested on
charges for introduction of contraband into a prison.
Today, Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Corrections
Investigation Division (CID) investigators intercepted a Stericycle Truck,
driven by James Brooks of Canton, Miss.

As is protocol, all vehicles entering a correctional facility are searched
by security staff. The truck was searched and was found to be carrying
numerous contraband items listed below.

Mr. Brooks was transported to the Rankin County Jail where he was charged
with Possession of Alcohol (Ms. Code 97-31-35), Possession of Marijuana,
(MS. Code 47-5-198), Possession of Cocaine, (MS Code 47-5-198), Introduction
of Contraband, (MS Code 47-5-193), Conspiracy to Introduce Contraband, (MS
Code 97-1-1), and Possession of Tobacco, (MS Code 47-5-192).

³I commend the MDOC staff and CID investigators on their diligence in
maintaining security at our prisons,² said MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps.
³Eventually, after enough people get convicted on these attempts to bring
contraband into prison, we will put a stop to these reckless plans. I can¹t
help but wonder if this man who was charged today ever asked himself if this
plan was really worth doing time in prison.²

Items seized: 7 Cardboard boxes containing:

247 grams – green leaf like substance. Field tested positive for Marijuana
2 grams – of white powdery/rock like substance. Field tested positive for
Cocaine and Methamphetamine
94 – vacuumed packed bags of Tobacco
46 ­ Cellular Telephones
44 ­ Cellular Telephone Chargers
1 ­ I-pod
5 ­ Cellular batteries
4 ­ AT&T Go Sim Cards
1 ­ T-Mobile Sim Card
1 ­ MicroSD ScanDisk
1 ­ pack of hearing aid batteries
3 ­ bottles of Everclear alcohol
2 ­ water bottles of alcohol
21 ­ bags of yeast
5 ­ packs of Zig Zag cigarillos
1 ­ pack of White Owl cigarillos
5 ­ cans Wolf chewing tobacco
3 ­ packs Black & Mild cigars
10 ­ individual Black & Mild cigars
1 ­ 60 ct. bonus box Swisher Sweets cigars
21 ­ lighters
45 ­ packs of Top rolling papers
1 ­ pack toothbrushes (2)
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