For the second straight week the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department made a late-night bust outside of their downtown jail.
Authorities stopped a group of people Tuesday around 9:30 p.m. who they say were trying to sneak drugs into the building.
Sheriff Tyrone Lewis says his deputies recovered about and ounce of marijuana, some packages of spice, lighters, and cigarettes from a small rolled up package. A weapon and scale were also found in the vehicle used by the suspects.
Sheriff Lewis declined to go into detail about how the two men were arrested while trying to get the items behind bars. He only went as far to say the suspects were caught outside with the help of street-side surveillance.
“But we’re pretty proud of the measures we put in place and we’re going to continue this effort until the county administrator decides she’s going to move forward and fix the flaws of this building so we won’t have to take these extra precautions,” Sheriff Lewis said.
He is criticizing Hinds County Administrator Carmen Davis on the funding issue.
Two suspects were placed under arrest and will be charged with attempting to introduce contraband to a correctional facility.
24-year-old Joshua Ledbetter and 25-year-old Dominique Griffin are in the custody of authorities.
Sheriff Lewis says one more person is on the run. That person’s name is Kimandre Davis and authorities are currently working on making an arrest.