Meridian Star

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March 13, 2013

Three more arrests at prison

MERIDIAN —     Three Jackson women have been charged with trying to smuggle contraband into a correctional facility.

    These latest arrests brings to five the number of people who have been allegedly caught recently trying to slip contraband through security measures at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility located in Lost Gap west of Meridian.

    "These are visitors who we have found contraband on their person," said Frank Shaw, warden at EMCF. "Our security staff are persistent in trying to keep contraband and illegal narcotics out of this facility where it does not belong. We pride ourselves on our search techniques."

    The three women, Angela Marie Toaster, 28, of 5150 Williams Drive, Aleta Sharee Clayborn, 27, of 5216 Williams Drive, and Lakesha Vonshell Mosley, 32, of 316 Elm Street, were all charged Tuesday with possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility. Shaw said agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics were called in to process the suspects and take possession of the illegal narcotics.

    These three suspects join two other women, Samantha Lynn Parsons and Brittany Moore, both 21, who were charged with similar offenses Monday.

    All of the suspects were brought to the Lauderdale County jail in Meridian for processing.

    Shaw, whose correctional facility career spans more than three decades, said as long as there have been prisons, jails or other means to incarcerate people, there have been those who have tried to slip contraband to them through deceptive means.

    "When you take someone out of their normal environment through incarceration they begin to miss the things they used to have," Shaw said. "They have all the time in the world to sit there and come up with imaginative ways to get what they want. It is our job to make sure those things don't get into the prison system."

    Since Management and Training Corporation (MTC) assumed the responsibilities of the prison in July of last year, Shaw said he and his staff have been working hard to get a handle on how best to keep contraband out of the facility. He said the numbers and amounts of contraband found in the first several weeks after the takeover amazed even him.

    "But we have been making significant headway in that department because we area constantly upgrading our search techniques to try and stay a step ahead of these people," Shaw said. "Even I get searched each time I go through the gates."

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