Once officers obtained the contraband, they were able to determine there were 54 grams of marijuana hidden in the contraband, investigators said.
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
A Ridgeland teenager was arrested at the Rankin County prison for allegedly trying to bring marijuana into the facility while visiting a family member.
The teen was at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility to visit his sister Saturday, but ended up in a juvenile detention center after contraband allegedly feel from his shorts.
According to Grace Fisher, Mississippi Department of Corrections Communications Director, officers initially detained the juvenile for having tobacco after the contraband fell out of his shorts as he was about to enter the visitation center.
Once officers obtained the contraband, they were able to determine there were 54 grams of marijuana hidden in the contraband, investigators said. Meeks is charged with possession of marijuana.
"Since late March we have arrested at least six other visitors for bringing in contraband or being in possession of drugs at one of our state prisons," Commissioner Christopher B. Epps said. "We will continue to announce such arrests. Keeping out contraband is a major issue for correction officials nationwide."
The teen was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Pelahatchie. In addition to facing a criminal charge, he is also banned from CMCF.
The teen's sister is serving 18 years for armed robbery in Neshoba County.
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