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Alto Pass man sentenced for bringing contraband into prison


An Alto Pass, Illinois man was sentenced for bringing contraband into the Jackson County Jail.

Joseph Bernard Trexler, 31, was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by a year of mandatory supervised release, after pleading guilty to bringing in contraband.

According to the Jackson County State's Attorney's Office, on Jan. 24, a Jackson County sheriff's deputy entered a B-dorm at the Jackson County Jail to try to find the source a smoke smell that filled the hallway.

When the deputy entered the dorm, he said the cannabis smell grew stronger. He told all of the inmates to leave the block.

While the inmates were getting dressed, the deputy said he saw Trexler trying to hide something in his shoes.

Trexler was told to stay on his mattress while the other inmates left the dorm.

When the deputy asked Trexler if he had any contraband on him, Trexler allegedly admitted that he did, and he brought out several matches and a small bag of cannabis.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. Assistant State's Attorney Mark Hamrock was responsible for prosecution of this case.

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