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Sheriff: Corrections officer caught distributing contraband to inmates

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JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

A former corrections officer in Jones County is behind bars for providing contraband to inmates, according to a Jones County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Sgt. Keith Leroy with the JCSD detected some suspicious activity among corrections officer Acy Harris, 23 of Laurel, and inmates Timothy Davis, 36 of Laurel and Christopher Dennis, 35 of Silver Creek.

According to the news release, video evidence was uncovered that implicated Harris and an accomplice Frank Ketchins, 28 of Petal, were proving contraband to inmates.

In the ongoing investigation, authorities found that Davis and Dennis would “order” contraband including tobacco, marijuana, pills and meth. Ketchins would then drop off the contraband outside of the Jones County Adult Detention Center.

Inmate Harris would grab the goods outside while he was on a break and then distribute them to other inmates.

According to the news release, Harris was hired as a corrections officer in Jones County in September 2015.

Additional arrests are pending and the investigation continues as to what substances were distributed inside the jail before the operation was busted by investigators, according to JCSD.

All four men were charged with conspiracy to distribute contraband. Each of their bonds is set at $10,000 by Jones County Justice Court Judge David Lyons. 

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