GREENE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Here's some advice from the Mississippi Department of Corrections: If you're going to visit a friend in prison, leave your pipe bomb at home.
Two people now face prison time of their own after a pipe bomb was discovered during a routine vehicle search at the state prison in Greene County.
Robin D. Baker, 43, of Gulfport, and William Glen Harberson of Carriere were arrested at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville Saturday morning.
"We don't believe the pipe bomb was intended for the prison, nor do we believe the inmate whom they were planning to visit had knowledge of it," said Sean K. Smith, director of the Corrections Investigation Division of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. "We are fortunate that we found the device during a routine search of the visitors' vehicle. They never got past the secure entrance gate off the highway."
Prison officials also found a machete, two knives, and tobacco inside the vehicle. As for the pipe bomb, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives took the device and later disposed of it without incident.
Baker and Harberson were taken to the Greene County Jail. Each is charged under state law with possession of an explosive device and possession of contraband items at a correctional facility. Harberson also is facing federal charges.
"These arrests should serve as a reminder that vehicles entering our correctional facilities are searched, including those of staff, law enforcement, vendors, state officials and anyone else," Commissioner Christopher B. Epps said.