Inmate accused of trying to smuggle illegal items into jail

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A Bell County inmate holding a sign outside the Judicial Center for not paying child support is now accused of trying to smuggle illegal items into the jail.

Jailers say Charles Cinnamon, 27, was caught with the intentions to put cigarettes in a body cavity.

As part of his punishment for previous charges, inmate Charles Cinnamon was standing outside the Bell County Judicial Center holding a sign that says, "I do not pay child support." Court security workers say Cinnamon came inside to use the restroom and set off the metal detector.

"Found these items (cigarettes, plastic bag, and black tape) in his pocket in his pants. He was taking them to the bathroom to make what we call a 'keister pack' to bring into the jail," said Rex Miller.

Cinnamon turned down our request for an interview.

The court security officers who caught it could not publicly discuss the case.

"I appreciate the Sheriff's Department finding this. If he had gotten this into the bathroom and keistered it into a body cavity, we would've not found it because we cannot search those places," Miller said.

Jailers added a promoting contraband charge to Cinnamon. Officials say his sentence for not paying child support was supposed to end next week.

"Now he's facing up to a year in jail," Miller said.

Officials are reviewing the surveillance video at the Judicial Center to find out who brought him the illegal items. Jailers say they will also be charged.

Miller says Cinnamon can no longer stand outside and hold the "I do not pay child support" sign.

Cinnamon is also serving time for a burglary charge.

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