TUPELO • Two people have been arrested after a brief investigation showed a Lee County Jail employee was smuggling contraband to an inmate.
Detention officer Cathy Barnett, 59, of 60086 Old Highway 25, Amory, was arrested and booked into the jail at 8:56 a.m. Thursday on the charge of introduction of contraband to a correctional facility. She was also terminated by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. She was released from jail Friday after posting a $10,000 bond.
Corey Carroll, 37, of Mooreville, was brought to the county jail on May 6 on a host of charges, including kidnapping, burglary and larceny of a building, simple assault on an officer and abuse of 911 calls. He now faces the additional charge of introduction of contraband to a correctional facility.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said in a social media post that his agency learned of the smuggling and determined that a female corrections officer was bringing the items into the jail and giving them to a male inmate.
“The detention officer was observed personally transferring contraband to an inmate,” Johnson said. “The inmate was immediately approached by deputies and the contraband was recovered from the inmate’s person.”
According to the Mississippi Code, Barnett and Carroll could face up to 15 years in prison and/or up to a $25,000 fine if convicted of the contraband charge.
Johnson did not say what the contraband item or items were. While drugs are the most common type of contraband, many other substances and items are banned from jails – including tobacco, alcohol and cell phones.