Crime

Man Caught on Video Hiding Contraband Inside Walls of Jefferson Co. Jail

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (News Release)- Jail surveillance video captured a man stashing contraband in the exterior walls of the Jefferson County Jail (W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center).

“A review of video surveillance by jail staff revealed an unidentified man running along the sidewalk near the jail. The man was holding several unknown packages and what appeared to be a metal rod, which he used to carve out expansion foam between the concrete columns along the exterior walls of the jail” Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. said.

Although recorded on video surveillance, the suspect’s moves went undetected by the jail's main control operator.

“Contraband not only threatens the safety and security of our jail for staff but also other detainees. It causes an increased risk to our staff and detainees. When the contraband is illegal drugs, that risk is even higher and the security of our facility has the potential to be compromised. These items can also easily become the catalyst for violence when they are used for bartering or when they are stolen by other detainees,” Woods said.

Furnishing contraband including drugs, weapons, and cellular telephones inside a detention or correctional facility is strictly prohibited. Pursuant to Arkansas law, furnishing or providing a weapon, intoxicating beverage, controlled substance, moneys, a cellular telephone or other communication device, the components of a cellular telephone or other communication device, or any other items that would facilitate an escape is a Class B felony and carries a minimum sentence of five years, but no more than 20 years.

Woods said that the sheriff’s office and the jail's administrative staff have worked extremely hard over the years to implement new security protocols and systems to combat the issue with contraband being introduced into their detention facility. 

“We also recognize that criminals have 24 hours a day to come up with ways to counter our efforts. We remain dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of our jail and those who sworn to oversee its daily operations,” says Woods 

Woods was very vocal in saying that detainees and/or individuals caught possessing or furnishing any prohibited items will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest intent of the law.

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspect shown in the jail video surveillance footage is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (870) 541-5496 Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or 24/7 at (870) 541-5300. Information can also be provided via email at tips@jeffcoso.org, their Facebook page, and their Twitter page. A caller's anonymity is guaranteed. A reward may be offered for information leading the arrest and/or conviction the suspect(s) in this case. 


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