MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - Several people are charged with conspiracy in Marshall County after deputies say inmates and their family members tried to smuggle drugs and other things into the jail in September and October.
Inmate Cameron Lindsey, his mother Judy Lindsey, his girlfriend Kyla Barnes and inmates Buddy Moody, Darius Seals and Grady Widener all face at least one charge of conspiracy to defraud the Marshall County Jail.
Sheriff Danny Cryer said the jail had a policy of allowing the families of recently arrested inmates to deliver hygiene items for the first seven days the were in jail.
“Usually, they would go to one of the dollar stores or Walmart or something and bring in body wash, Crest toothpaste, and then some undergarments or things of that nature," Cryer said. "Just to get the inmate kind of situated to life in the jail cell."
After the seven days, the inmate must purchase items through their own commissary account.
Court records show, in September, Cameron employed Moody, who had recently been arrested, to have hygiene items delivered in Moody's name.
Judy delivered the items to the jail, including body wash which had cigarettes inside.
"We started watching that situation," Cryer said. "A second drop was made by another individual who wasn't quite sure of the inmate's name he was dropping it off to which, again, raised our suspicions."
The second drop included toothpaste with two plastic straws inside, containing about four grams of meth.
Cryer said meth goes for about $100 a gram on the streets but is worth double inside the jail.
Cryer said staying vigilant on contraband is crucial to making sure inmates stay healthy and safe.
"And not knowing the condition they're under, i.e. a street drug, it could affect the way we approach the person and could cause danger, not only to the staff, but to the inmate as well," Cryer said.
The jail has since banned family members from delivering hygiene items.
Court records say Cameron, Barnes, Seals and Moody could face up to life in prison if found guilty.
Judy and Widener could get up to ten years.
All six will appear back in court in December.