Two women arrested for attempt to smuggle contraband on visitor’s day

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Department of Corrections has a message for those trying to smuggle contraband … you will get caught.

MDOC states two visitors recently used a condom to conceal contraband at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

Stephanie Barber, 52, of Coldwater and Ashley Fitch, 30, of Senatobia were arrested after the condom was found in a restroom.

The condom contained a small amount of marijuana, 15 pills, a combination of Xanax, Subutex and Lorcet, a pair of ear buds and a SIM card.

MDOC investigators say using a condom is unusual, but they are not surprised.

MDOC does not want to release the inmate’s identity for whom the contraband was for because of the ongoing investigation.

Barber and Fitch can no longer visit the prison.

Each is charged with two counts of conspiracy and one count of introduction of a controlled substance into a correctional facility.

A conviction on either charge is a felony.

A conviction for introducing contraband alone carries from three to 15 years in prison, a maximum $25,000 bond, or both.

The women were taken to the Sunflower County Jail; bond was set at $8,000 each.

Barber posted bond on Friday;  Fitch had not.

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