Numerous Pulaski County Detention Center inmates have been charged following the discovery of an ongoing contraband distribution system within the jail’s walls.
David Moss, who was elected to the position of jailer last year, said that when he took over in January, he instituted a set of new policies and procedures based on what was learned about how illegal items were finding their way into the jail.
“Through teamwork by Jailer David Moss, Sheriff Greg Speck, and Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield, a quantity of illegal drugs, weapons, tobacco products, homemade tattoo equipment, and an assort of other items and devices have been seized,” according to a statement released by the detention center.
Moss told the Commonwealth Journal that the previous policies allowed the kitchen trustees — inmates who worked in that area of the facility — to take trash outside to the dumpster. That policy changed under Moss, because of what was happening as a result.
“That’s where they were getting contraband: cigarettes, lighters, drugs,” said Moss. “Family or friends would leave this stuff out there (around the dumpster) at sometime during the day.
“(The inmates) would bring it back into the jail and hide it in the kitchen or laundry room,” he continued, noting that the materials might then be carried inside a laundry cart into the rest of the jail by another inmate.
Items would then be traded among inmates.
“They could trade out a food tray for a cigarette or a hit off a cigarette,” said Moss. “Get a draw and get some nicotine in them; that satisfied them.”
When asked if this activity was rampant when he arrived, Moss said, “Oh yes. It was pretty bad.”
Moss said that the Pulaski County Sheriff’s department investigated on the exterior of the building, while jail personnel investigated on the inside. Hatfield helped make the charges.
“We just completed our third round of cell searches,” said Moss. “... We’ve pretty much found all the cubby holes and stuff they had. By the time we took over, we’d find stuff everywhere we were looking, but now we’ve got stuff pretty under control.”
A total of 10 inmates have been charged with new violations, including seven misdemeanors and nine felonies. Several weapons, drugs, and an assortment of other items have been confiscated where no inmates could positively be associated with the offenses, and have not been charged, according to the jail’s release.
One inmate was also charged with damage to the detention center plumbing, causing no useable water to an entire cell area for over one day.
Inmates charged include:
• Pedro A. Cabassa, with second-degree promoting contraband;
• Sean R. Segars, with two counts of first-degree promoting contraband, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a legend drug;
• David D. Vance, with first-degree criminal mischief;
• Brandi F. Stoops, with first-degree promoting contraband, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia;
• James J. Odom, with first-degree promoting contraband and first-degree possession of a controlled substance;
• April M. Heim, with second-degree promoting contraband;
• Rachael R. Worley, with first-degree promoting contraband;
• Sarah B. Evans, with second-degree promoting contraband;
• Sebastian Botello, with first-degree promoting contraband;
• Destinie S. White, with first-degree promoting contraband.
“The Pulaski County Detention Center will continue its efforts to provide a safe and drug-free environment for inmates, deputy jailers, other employees and visitors through our proactive approach to jail operations,” according to the release.