Two charged with brining contraband into jail

Published 12:29 am Sunday, October 11, 2009

Two Bay St. Louis residents have been charged with allegedly attempting to bring contraband into the Pearl River County jail using magazines, notebooks and deodorant as hiding vessels.

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier said the pair of suspects came into the jail on Monday to bring some regular, everyday items to an inmate, such as deodorant, notebooks and magazines.

Correctional officers Andy Ladner and Lt. Greg Keller processed the items and in that processing noticed that there was tobacco stashed in the deodorant. They also noticed what appeared to be marijuana inside the pages of the magazine and notebook. Saucier said the marijuana was wrapped, pressed and then super-glued into the edges of the notebook and magazine.

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The jail staff called narcotics investigator Rob Williams to investigate. His further investigation led to a search of the two suspects, Ann Dawsey, 28, of 5055 Cardinal St.,, Bay St. Louis and Heather Adams, 28, of 7050 S. Hancock Dr., Bay St. Louis. In Dawsey’s possession Willams found two Adderall pills, six Hydrocodone pills, a small bag of marijuana and a marijuana cigarette in her purse. Dawsey and Adams allegedly had been attempting to give the items to an inmate at the jail, Saucier said.

Evidence linking Dawsey to the placement of the contraband was also found in her purse, when investigators found super glue and plastic wrap.

Dawsey was charged with two counts of introduction of a controlled substance into a correctional facility, felony possession of a controlled substance for the Adderall pills, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance for the Hydrocodone pills and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Adams was charged with two counts of introduction of a controlled substance into a correctional facility.

Saucier said correctional officers are trained to search comfort items being brought to inmates for contraband. The Sheriff’s Department discourages anyone from attempting to do smuggle in such items.

“Because when they’re caught, they’re going to be arrested and charged,” Saucier said. “(These suspects) are spending time with the people they were attempting to smuggle contraband to.”