GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Three Mississippi Department of Corrections Community Work Center offenders could be facing disciplinary action after they were reportedly found with contraband while on the job in Gautier on Tuesday.
Police tell us Purvis McBride, Marcus Collins and Tovoris Jones were assigned to work with the Gautier Parks and Recreation Department near the police substation and K9 training center adjacent to Bacot Park on Ladnier Road.
Authorities say the Gautier K9 unit Justice alerted officers to some spice that was found near the offenders at the park. That is when Justice and an officer conducted a search of the area.
Investigators say the offenders had contraband, including three cell phones and $186 in cash, stashed near the park.
MDOC has been notified of the policy violations pertaining to the cell phones and money.
"Community Work Center trustees have been a tremendous help in our city, and we are pleased to be a part of the CWC program. We are currently working with MDOC to make sure the trustees are following the guidelines set in place by the Community Work Center," said Gautier Police Chief Dante Elbin.
MDOC Communications Spokesperson Tara Scott said McBride, Collins and Jones were then taken to the South Mississippi Correctional Institute in Greene County where they will be issued a rule violation.
Depending on the outcome of the report, Scott says the offenders could face serious sanctions and also be prosecuted for possessing contraband.
Gautier police say the men have not been charged with possession of the spice at this time.