- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi authorities say they have arrested four women accused of engaging in a scheme to smuggle cellphones, tobacco and other contraband into state prisons.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1Ur84GL ) that one suspect - 22-year-old Sherrice Richardson, of Leroy, Alabama - was training to be a corrections officer when she was arrested on Jan. 25.

The state corrections department says an inmate had been paying several people to smuggle contraband into the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville and other prisons.

Richardson allegedly told investigators she received about $700 from an inmate’s relatives to smuggle in contraband at the Leakesville prison.

Authorities say Regina Mason, 43, of Hickory; Demetrice Taylor, 44, of Meridian; Rushia Keyes, 32, of Laurel; also were arrested on conspiracy charges.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com


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