Black market operations behind bars are not new. In prison, forbidden items like drugs, weapons and cellphones may be used for trading or personal use. Those who are incarcerated in Mississippi may seek help from friends or family on the outside, who take risks to smuggle those items to the prisoners. However, someone caught trying to smuggle contraband into a prison may end up facing federal drug charges.
One man is now in custody after allegedly agreeing to take part in a smuggling operation. He claims he met a woman who paid him $300 to toss packages of contraband items over the prison’s perimeter fence. At about 3:30 in the morning, according to reports, the woman dropped him off along a highway near the prison, and he ran through the woods until he reached the fence. A prison guard reported seeing the man toss several packages over the fence, and he chased the man until he caught him.
Serious criminal charges
Officers retrieved the packages, which were covered in duct tape. Their reports describe numerous contraband items inside, including cellphones and tobacco. However, the packages also allegedly included 143 grams of methamphetamine, a kilo of marijuana and several other controlled substances.
As a result, the Mississippi man is now facing federal charges, including possession with intent to distribute. A conviction for such charges may result in severe penalties, including prison, fines and a lifetime mark on one’s criminal record. Fortunately, there are options for building a strong defense for such complex matters.