Mississippi Co. inmate faces jail contraband charges - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Mississippi Co. inmate faces jail contraband charges


Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore is reporting that a Mississippi County inmate is facing jail contraband charges.

A search took place at the Mississippi County Detention Center on Saturday, Dec. 26, after corrections officers noticed several inmates all gathering at one cell.

Officers entered the pod to investigate and found two hand-rolled cigarettes hidden inside the cell occupied by Jason Gadberry, 37, of Fenton, Missouri.

During the search, officers found a cigarette lighter hidden within the Gadberry's undergarments.

The officers took the items and turned them over to Jail Administrator Cory Hutcheson for placement into evidence.

After the search, a videotaped interview conducted by Cory Hutcheson and Deputy Deputy Borders led to the development of probable cause to believe Gadberry had possessed and concealed the lighter in the jail despite knowing it to be dangerous contraband and against the rules.

The Mississippi County Detention Center prohibits the possession of lighters and tobacco products and this rule is posted throughout the facility.

Gadberry has been charged with possession of a weapon and/or dangerous item in a County jail, a class B felony punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years in the Department of Corrections, and possession of a prohibited item in a County jail, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail.

Bond for Gadberry has been set at $50,000.

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