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Home  |  News  |  8 Accused of Sneaking Handcuff Keys, Liquor, Cell Phones, Tobacco to Prisoners

8 Accused of Sneaking Handcuff Keys, Liquor, Cell Phones, Tobacco to Prisoners
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lee County, SC (WLTX) -- Lee County deputies have arrested eight people they say tried to sneak handcuff keys, liquor in soda bottles and blank checks, among other contraband, to prisoners.

Sheriff Daniel Simon told News19 that his deputies found the suspects, most from the Lake City, SC area, trying to toss the contraband over the gates of the Lee Correctional Institution near the Wisacky Highway in Bishopville.

Simon said that most of the items that the suspects tried to sneak in, like tobacco products and pre-paid cell phones, had been seen before by deputies from other suspects trying to get away with the crime. He said it's the first time he's seen suspects try to sneak in the handcuff keys, liquor kept in soda bottles or a bundle of blank checks.

Simon said most of the items have a clear value inside the prison's walls, but was unsure why inmates would want blank checks.

Investigators say they found four of the suspects each dressed in dark clothing at about 3:45 p.m., as they exited a vehicle that was parked behind a Lee County business. Deputies say each man was carrying a backpack when authorities stopped them. When deputies looked through the backpacks, they found about $4,000 worth of contraband inside.

At about 4:30 p.m., deputies say they found a green Isuzu driven by a female suspect while investigating the first four men.

Inside the vehicle, deputies say they found two more men. That's when one of the suspects from the first group identified the Isuzu, and deputies stopped the vehicle.

They say they got permission to search the car and found two backpacks with several packages wrapped in duct tape. Deputies say they found tobacco, cell phones, chargers and rolling papers.

Each suspect was charged with possession of contraband and taken to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

The following suspects were arrested in the first incident:

-- Antonio Shermaine Cooper, 32, of Green Waver Road in Lake City

-- Jermaine Devonta McCoy of Bennyhill Road in Lamar

-- Jerrick Devon Miller, 20, of North Center Road in Hartsville

-- Moro Tyron Singletary, 31, of Third Loop Road in Florence

-- Jimmy Randolph Williams, 25, of Murraywood Road in Darlington

These suspects were arrested in the second incident:

-- Jawan L. Artis, 20, of Monterey Dr. in Sumter

-- Willie Byrd, 26, of Evaporator Dr. in Florence

-- Chicarra Ties Dicks, 21, of Dicks Street in Sumter

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/162349/2/8-Accused-of-Sneaking-Contraband-to-Prisoners

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