Man charged after plotting to have hashish, cell telephones picked up whereas working in jail

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The conversation was recorded over the prison telephone system.

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The growthOp The man instructed the woman to drop 87.4 grams of cannabis and two flip phones in a cemetery where inmates were heading for a work detail. The man instructed the woman to drop 87.4 grams of cannabis and two flip phones in a cemetery where inmates were heading for a work detail. Photo by Tyler Anderson / National Post

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A man held in Floyd County Jail in Georgia is charged after telephoning a woman to give instructions to hand over cannabis and two cell phones.

According to the Rome News Tribune, Anthony Maurice Barnes directed Emmika Watson to dump 87.4 grams of cannabis and two flip phones in a cemetery where inmates were heading for a work detail. The conversation was recorded over the prison telephone system.

  1. Image for illustration.  The contraband packages contained cannabis, tobacco, cell phones, cell phone charges, lighters, spools of sewing thread, sewing needles and headphones.  / PHOTO BY TYLER ANDERSON / NATIONAL POST

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Barnes was charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and the use of communications equipment to commit a crime, as well as items prohibited by inmates.

Last month, a 24-year-old man was arrested outside the McCormick Correctional Institution in South Carolina after attempting to throw cannabis and other contraband over a prison fence.

The eight packs contained 241 grams of cannabis, 1.4 kilograms of tobacco, as well as six cell phones and chargers and a few other items.

Others have tried a more modern route when it comes to smuggling contraband into prisons, including the use of drones.

Last year there were staff at the Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, Ont. observed a drone delivering a package containing cannabis, splinters, hashish, xanax, and an unknown substance believed to be fentanyl.

In a statement, Correctional Service Canada said they are working to use modern means to stay informed when contraband enters prisons.

“(Correctional Service Canada) is stepping up measures to prevent contraband from entering its facilities to ensure a safe environment for all,” the agency said. “CSC is also working with the police to take action against those who try to introduce contraband into prisons.”

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