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11 inmates indicted on promoting contraband charges

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Nearly a dozen people are charged with trying to smuggle drugs into the Pike County Jail.

The grand jury indicted eleven inmates on promoting contraband charges.

Jailers say all of the cases are unrelated.

Investigators say each person charged tried to sneak drugs into the jail for inmates.

Prosecutors say this is a growing problem and they need to stop it.

Shellie Duncan came to the Pike County jail on theft charges, but she ended up in more trouble. Jailers say they found dozens of prescription pills hidden on her.

Duncan was not alone.

Jailer Rodney Scott says the number of inmate drug smuggling cases is dramatically increasing. In the past three weeks, officers have caught eleven inmates trying to get drugs into the jail.

“We strip search them, find it on them, people coming to jail have it on them. Some of it's work release. they go out in the day and then comes back that evening and have it on them,” Scott said.

“These people that are in jail, most of them are in there because of drug abuse and doing anything to get drugs, so I'm not really surprised they'll try to do anything to get drugs in the jail as well,” Pike County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley said.

The eleven suspects are now charged with promoting contraband.

“We're going to make sure they get additional time to serve as a warning to those other people that are in jail. What we're going to do, we're going to show these people if you want to bring drugs into the jail, we're going to give you additional time on top of whatever time you already have,” Bartley said.

Each suspect could face five to ten additional years in prison.
Jailers are also working on some new security measures to prevent drugs from getting into the jail

Shellie Duncan, Island Creek
James Hylton, Dorton
Bradley Barnett, Middlesboro
Julian H. Gibson, Hellier
Joseph Edward Ratliff, Elkhorn City
Ricky Thomas, Pikeville
Jacqueline Bryant, Pikeville
Margaret Newsome, Banner
Larry Bartley, Teaberry
Christopher Mullins, Ivel
Boyd Campbell, Hazard


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