Four people arrested in contraband crackdown at state prison - - Jackson, MS

Four people arrested in contraband crackdown at state prison

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Three prison employees and a service worker have been arrested under a contraband crackdown that began three months ago. The employees caught with tobacco at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, the fourth a service worker,  found with alcohol when his vehicle was searched at the prison's entrance, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Commissioner Pelicia Hall said, "these arrests are a reminder that Operation Zero Tolerance applies to everyone and all facilities. Any arrest of an employee is unfortunate for our workforce. Our hardworking, honest employees who put their lives on the line every day don't deserve to have their image tarnished by dishonest people wearing the same uniform."

Fifty-two-year old Teresa Davis, a correctional officer since 2015 was arrested after 155 grams of tobacco was found hidden in two sandwiches inside Tupperware containers. 

Thirty-three-year old Chris Roberts, a trainee, hired in August, 2016 was arrested when tobacco was found in a bag he was carrying. Both Davis and Roberts have been terminated.

Twenty-nine-year old Kimberly Monroe, also a trainee was found with 7.5 ounces of tobacco, according to investigators. She is facing termination.

Davis, Roberts and Monroe are charged with possession of prohibited items by persons other than offenders.  

Malcolm McLain, who had come to do work at the prison is charged with having alcohol at a correctional facility.  

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