TDOC Foils Attempt To Smuggle Contraband

Friday, March 16, 2012 | 02:25 pm

MEMPHIS - An attempt to smuggle contraband into a state prison has been foiled by the Department of Correction's Office of Investigations and Compliance.  Two Memphis residents have been arrested after trying to mail cell phones, drugs and tobacco into the Hardeman County Correctional Facility in Whiteville.  The contraband items were intercepted at the prison's sally port.

Deon Marquett Boykins, 31, and Arkeba Sibley, 32, both of Memphis, have been charged with 50 counts of introduction of cell phones into a penal facility, one count of introduction of drugs (codeine), and one count of possession with intent to deliver.  Both are being held in the Hardeman County jail.

"The introduction of contraband into state prisons is a serious offense that threatens the safety and security of staff and inmates and will not be tolerated," said Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield.  "The TDOC will vigorously pursue prosecution against any person who attempts to threaten our prisons' security."

A list of those who have been arrested for introduction of contraband into a state prison can be found at www.tn.gov/correction.