MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Three people are behind bars in Marion County, including a City of Columbia employee, allegedly involved in attempting to introduce contraband into a correctional facility.
City of Columbia employee, Lucy Breshears, who works at the Columbia Animal Shelter was arrested and charged with introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, and conspiracy to introduce contraband into a correctional facility. Breshears bond was set at $20,000 during her initial appearance.
"We had received information that contraband was going to be dropped off at the Columbia Animal Shelter," according to Marion County Sheriff's Department investigator Jamie Singley.
The investigation which started Monday, led to the recovery of cell phones, tobacco, money, food, clothing items as well as DVDs.
According to Singley, Breshears was involved in helping facilitate the drop-off. Breshears, who is employed by the city, and the only employee that runs the animal shelter, was trained to have county inmates working at the facility. The shelter was assigned a multiple inmates, who according to investigators would have gathered the contraband.
Two others that were arrested in the investigation were Benjamin Johnson, of Canton, and Nicholas Morano, of Jackson. Both are charged with introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, and conspiracy to introduce contraband into a correctional facility. Their bond was set at $10,000 each during their initial appearance.
Other arrests could be made in the ongoing investigation according to authorities.