Five Charged in Contraband Conspiracy

The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department says it has caught several people involved in trying to get contraband into the jail.

Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun says five people have been linked to attempts to bring marijuana, tobacco or other items into the facility.

Calhoun said correctional officers discovered Feb. 14 while checking the perimeter of the jail that a cell window had been pried open and strings lowered over a fence.

"It's commonly called 'fishing'. It's a pre-planned event where they were tying bags of tobacco or marijuana or other contraband items and then pulling that back into the jail," said Calhoun.

Calhoun says inmates Darrell Tyler Long and Travis Sullivan, two other adults, Janie Long and Thomas Taylor, and a 14-year-old were charged with conspiracy to introduce contraband into a correctional facility.

"We were able to determine that there were two other instances prior to this event where individuals had brought contraband into the jail with the aid of an inmate worker," said Calhoun. "It was smuggled into the back of the facility. That inmate worker has been removed from the detention facility and sent back to state authorities. And this investigation is continuing. There may be additional charges in the future as well as other individuals that may be involved."

Contraband could range from drugs to cellphones, anything inmates are not allowed to have.

Darrell Tyler Long, 19
Travis Sullivan, 19
Janie Ruth Long, 42
Thomas Taylor, 26