[UPDATE] Jail Contraband Attempt Fails

By: WCSO Press Release, Candace Sweat Email
By: WCSO Press Release, Candace Sweat Email

UPDATED 6-16 at 11:30pm By Candace Sweat

A woman trying to sneak contraband into a correctional facility ends up staying there.

A wooden fence helps separate the free world from those locked up at the Wakulla County Jail. But for the daring few, its height and ominous barbed wires are not deterrent.

Around 12:30 Thursday morning, 19-year-old Randi Ministerio was caught outside the fence trying to pass tobacco products inside.

"Our correctional staff observed three inmates climbing onto a bunk and then onto each other," Keith Blackmar, Wakulla County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer.

Inmates Jordan Barwick, Dustin Chambley, and Tre McCullough were trying to reach a top window where, according to their scheme, Ministerio was supposed to pass the contraband.

Blackmar says just a handful of times throughout the year, someone on the "free" side of the fence tries to sneak something in to someone on the inside. The numbers aren't very high, but he says it's something they take very seriously.

"If there was contraband getting inside the facility it posses a danger to the other inmates who might get into some conflict," said Blackmar.

When Ministerio realized she was spotted by deputies, she ran to a nearby wooded area where she was eventually caught. In her possession were three packs of tobacco, two packs of rolling papers, and a pack of cigarettes.

Now she's behind bars with the friends she was trying so desperately to reach.

Barwick, Chambley and McCullough are charged with criminal mischief and attempting to introduce contraband. They also caused several hundred dollars in damage to the jail window and screen.

Ministerio is charged with loitering, prowling and attempted introduction of contraband.

Wakulla County, FL - Three Wakulla County Jail inmates and a female suspect outside the jail were charged in a failed contraband scheme Thursday, June 16 at 12:03 a.m. when the female attempted to get the inmates contraband through an open jail window, according to Sheriff David Harvey.

Jordan Lamar Barwick, 19, Dustin Blake Chambley, 23, and Tre Allen McCullough, 19, all of Crawfordville, were charged with criminal mischief and attempting to introduce contraband into a detention facility. Randi Rae Ministerio, 19, of Tallahassee was charged with loitering and prowling and attempted introduction of contraband into a detention facility.

According to Sheriff Harvey, the three male inmates were discovered on a jail pod bunk climbing onto their shoulders to access a small window at the top of the jail pod. The inmates damaged the window and permanent screen creating a small opening to the secured compound.

Correctional staff and road patrol deputies searched the area around the secure compound and discovered Ministerio hiding in a wooded area 30 yards from the secure compound. Investigators found Ministerio in possession of three packages of tobacco, two packs of rolling papers and a package of cigarettes. A second suspect found near the jail facility was questioned and released. Ministerio was originally spotted by detention deputies squatting next to the jail fence before running away.

Ministerio and the three inmates were unsuccessful in getting the contraband into the facility. Damage to the jail window and screen is estimated at less than $1,000. The small window, used to provide natural light into the pod, is located 18 feet off the ground.

Evidence was collected at the scene. Lt. C.L. Morrison, Sgt. Mike Helms, Deputy Ben Steinle and Correctional Officers Kenneth Miller and Jeffrey Kreger investigated.

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