Checking Facebook from the Floyd Co. Detention Center: Why inmates face more charges

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

FLOYD Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Four inmates are facing more charges after cell searches at the Floyd County Detention Center.

Officers said 38-year-old Toby Mack Akers, 37-year-old Douglass Wayne Blackburn, 29-year-old James William Miller and 39-year-old Thomas E. Shepherd are all facing more charges.

Jailer Cheyenne McKinney said "drug paraphernalia" like cigarette lighters and needles were found in February.

It was social media that led officers to find a cell phone in a room that both Akers and Blackburn share.

"We did find some marijuana and some drug paraphernalia," said McKinney. "Two inmates were charged with that."

He said the cell phone was hidden between two bunks in a paper bag.

"They got so bold as to start using the cell phone for Facebook," said McKinney.

McKinney said inmates are padded down and the center has routine random cell searches, however instances like this have and do occur.

"We're always looking for a way to shut down avenues in which they can get that stuff in, but when we shut one down they'll find two more ways to get it in."

McKinney said more charges are pending as they continue to get more information on these cases.

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