- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - An inmate moved from another jail is accused of trying to smuggle a cellphone into the Caddo Parish jail in a body cavity, Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said Wednesday.

A body scan of Anthony Alvey, 22, of Shreveport, who was transferred April 30 from the Madison Parish Detention Center, showed a small object that deputies couldn’t find despite a second body scan and a search, Prator said.

He said Alvey eventually told deputies that he had hidden the phone in his rectum. He was sent to University Health Center, where Prator says Alvey removed the phone.

Prator said Alvey was booked on a new charge of bringing contraband into a penal facility.

It was not clear whether Alvey has an attorney.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick said Alvey was serving time in Madison Parish on a state charge brought in Bossier Parish, and was due in court for sentencing on a case out of Shreveport. She did not know the charge.

The Shreveport city prosecutor’s office said he was scheduled for arraignment Thursday on a charge of refund fraud. That’s a different case, Chadwick said.

The sheriff said cellphones are forbidden to keep inmates from talking to people outside the jail about tampering with evidence, intimidating victims or calling witnesses, or planning escapes or other crimes.

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