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4 arrested outside Central MS Correctional Facility

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Four people have been arrested and several bogs of tobacco, cell phones, phone chargers and other suspected contraband were seized after Rankin County Sheriff's Deputies apparently foiled a plan to toss the items over a fence at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility Wednesday night.

A citizen's call to the Sheriff's Office around 10:30 p.m. sent deputies to the 3700 block of Mississippi 468, near the prison in Pearl, where the four were stopped. The caller had reported seeing two males getting out a vehicle and carrying several bags.

Twenty-three year old Nikita Davis, 19-year-old Antonio Conner, 18-year-old Jeremy Nelson and 22-year-old Yakeyla Rogers are in the Rankin County Jail, charged with conspiracy to introduce contraband into a correctional facility. They had bond hearings Friday morning, and are scheduled for preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Davis is currently under the supervision of the Mississippi Department of Corrections in Clarke County for non-residential burglary. Convicted on Nov. 6, 2013, he was sentenced to four years' probation.

"For months now, we have been dealing with individuals throwing items over the fence at CMCF as well as at other prisons," Epps said. "There have been several arrests aside from these."

MDOC is installing about a mile of netting around CMCF at a cost of more than $200,000 to prevent items from being thrown over the fence.  

The items seized Wednesday night include: Ten 16-ounce bags of tobacco, six 12-ounce bags of tobacco, 13 cell phones with phone chargers, three packs of Tops rolling paper, a wave cap, four Bic lighters, 1 Gerber tool knife, two screwdrivers, one set of dice, three 1.5 liter plastic bottles containing a clear liquid substance, plastic sandwich bags and 2.95 ounces of a green leafy substance.

The intended recipient of the items is under investigation, and once determined, the appropriate charges will be filed, MDOC investigators said. 

Introduction of contraband into a correctional facility is punishable by three to 15 years in prison, a maximum $25,000 fine, or both. Conspiracy to introduce contraband carries up to a $5,000 fine, five years imprisonment, or both.

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