A Mississippi man is charged with attempting to smuggle items into a medium-security prison, authorities said.
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Jacob Darnell Lewis, 25, of Madison, was arrested on Friday and charged with felony flight, possession of a controlled substance and smuggling into a correctional facility, according to a Hinds County Sheriff’s press release. , Tyree Jones.
The sheriff said Lewis was seen outside Raymond’s detention center in a gray Dodge Challenger by a transportation assistant around 8:30 p.m. CDT Thursday, WLBT-TV reported. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle recently involved in a prison smuggling attempt, Jones said in the news release.
“The deputy approached the vehicle and saw the driver get out and throw items (packages) wrapped in different materials over the fence,” Jones said.
The packages contained alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine, formaldehyde, tobacco, knives, a saw, cell phones and chargers, cigars, pills and a semi-automatic rifle, according to WAPT- TV.
Lewis tried to flee the scene, but other deputies got involved and he was arrested after a short chase, the TV station reported.
“The assistants responsible for responding to this incident and the careful observation of the transportation assistant are to be commended for their quick actions and resilient response in apprehending this offender and deterring these dangerous objects from entering the facility,” said Jones said in the press release.
Lewis was booked into Raymond Detention Center around 2:25 a.m. CDT Friday, according to online booking records.
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