[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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  • by Hugo on Jun 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM
    I guess they need can only buy tobacco from the Jail gift store
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    Randi, Welcome to the Wakulla County Jail.
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      by Anon on Jun 17, 2011 at 11:33 AM in reply to Jim
      this isn't her first trip by any means!
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        by nope on Jun 18, 2011 at 06:17 PM in reply to Anon
        she will never learn
  • by Lj on Jun 17, 2011 at 08:09 AM
    Wish these boys would grow up and do right. Tre was raised to know right from wrong, hope he changes his ways real soon.
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      by concerned on Jun 17, 2011 at 09:41 AM in reply to Lj
      This breaks my heart Tre' was raised better than this ... all this lying and stealing and other stuff he is doing is WRONG and He knows it!!!
  • by jabbo on Jun 17, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    What a bunch of idiots. All they had to do was buy the smokes from a correctional officer.
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      by Anon! on Jun 17, 2011 at 05:27 PM in reply to jabbo
      Yuk Yuk Yuk Yuk Ha Ha, Gee willies?
  • by English Professor Location: Tallahassee on Jun 17, 2011 at 06:46 AM
    To: not surprized. You just got an "F" in my class. surprized is spelled surprised. Personaly is spelled personally. Abit is not a word. There is spelled their.Are should come between they and never. Try putting this ' between the n and the t in cant. TCC has a lot of English and writing nights classes, you should do yourself a favor and sign up for one.
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      by Pam on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:20 AM in reply to English Professor
      This comment has been deleted.
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        by Hello Pam T Town, Fl. on Jun 17, 2011 at 06:22 PM in reply to Pam
        Well there you have it! You make a great argument for motherhood, Keeping juveniles in check (mine and yours...) that's why they are termed juveniles. Do not look at this post by this English Professor. This is a student-at-best, and I can form a thought, without hardship, without misspelled words, and without insults. Word! You make a great point. Keep them at home. Make them study, and if we are lucky, no jail! I'm just sayin'!
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        by hollie on Jun 30, 2011 at 11:35 AM in reply to Pam
        or maybe we can do our work and then do what you said. i seem to be doing just fine. everyone should just hop on off of tre and rae, they happen to be really good people. and my baby daddies baest friend so back on up
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      by Jethro Tallahassee, Fl. on Jun 17, 2011 at 05:50 PM in reply to English Professor
      English Pro'! You ma'am, are not one. My mother, however was. Maybe you need to concentrate on British Literature, find some guide to puncuate this blog! When you place a punctuation mark in a sentence, or a clause, you skip a space before you start to ramble again! That is the rule, unless of-course you have no credentials. "TCC has a lot of English and writing nights classes, you should do yourself a favor and sign up for one." You should be ashamed, of-yourself!Bad Professor! Very Bad Professor! Perhaps you should have blogged this in the stead of what you did send: "TCC has an English class for you, day or night." You cannot write, Mrs. Pro', but you can destroy sentence structure. This is your best example: "TCC has a lot of English and writing nights classes..." I was going to ask if you had tenure? but I will not consider it, with your performance on the exam! I'm just sayin'!
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      by concerned about this crazy professor. on Jun 17, 2011 at 06:12 PM in reply to English Professor
      mr. so called english professor. get a job. what about that?
  • by Casey Location: St Marks on Jun 16, 2011 at 07:53 PM
    The best way for contraband in this situation is well known by the WCSO. Prisoners on work crews pick up contraband at the waterworks dept. I personally know this to be a fact since 1994.
  • by not surprized Location: wakulla on Jun 16, 2011 at 07:35 PM
    well,well,well, i personaly know all 4 of these things. cant say i am abit surprised to see this, they never going to learn there lesson, stop spending all our tax money housing these troubled cant grow up people, and just send them to the big house. maybe in time they will have to take charge of there life, and stop getting into trouble.
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      by concerned on Jun 17, 2011 at 09:44 AM in reply to not surprized
      the sad thing is there is a 9 month old baby involved; you would think they would want to be good parents .... but no ....
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        by Anon on Jun 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM in reply to concerned
        i think it's a family thing on her part which is such a sad situation... some people will never learn and will never change.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 06:51 AM in reply to concerned
        mind ur own buisness
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      by hollie on Jun 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM in reply to not surprized
      worry about your self and not them how about that one.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 at 07:12 PM
    Its sad to see two people there I knew from Middle School.
  • by Love Wakulla ! Location: smoke land on Jun 16, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    In Leon county thugs shoot you, in Wakulla they sneak cigs
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 at 02:22 PM
    what's up with harvey and the wakulla co so? they're putting all thier stuff on the telly. is wakulla such a bad place to live? or has harvey been keeping it all behind the county line curtain? is this the county's way of stunting growth? just put all the real news out there to run any newcommer's off? there are so many good things about wakulla county, they need some new leadership and some accountablity from the old. posting everything bad going on in the woods isn't helping, even IF harvey's named in every breaking story.
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      by it is what it is on Jun 16, 2011 at 06:48 PM in reply to
      Harvey is running for office so it's look what I am doing for you to keep crime out of Wakulla County. He arrested some real criminals here - what about people that get drunk and hit other people's cars when they are parked in their own driveway?
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      by joyce on Jun 16, 2011 at 06:53 PM in reply to
      Can't please you folks can we? Do a good job..get bad comments. Don't do something we should have... get bad comments. How 'bout we quit and let you do our jobs? I don't think you'd last. Geez.
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        by Wakky Willy on Jun 17, 2011 at 07:06 AM in reply to joyce
        Joyce, the problem here is that the sheriff takes credit for the good work some of his deputies do - except when they fail to arrest the drunken philanderer for hitting a parked vehicle. Harvey, who makes more than any other county employee - plus he's already getting his "retirement" money, needs to get out of the sheriff's office and on to what he really does - speculating in real estate.
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      by angel on Jun 16, 2011 at 06:53 PM in reply to
      well honestly its not like they were smuggeling crack in there, it was just cigarettes i mean it was not the brightest thing to do but its not like this is gonna run people out of wakulla, its more or less funny, but god bless those boys and that young lady anyways they will be in my prayers that God save there souls and gives them strength to come out of what they are in... especially my cousin.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2011 at 05:42 AM in reply to angel
        So, because it was cigarettes we should just let the inmates have them? Contraband is contraband no matter what the item is.
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      by not surprized on Jun 16, 2011 at 07:37 PM in reply to
      it's not the sheriffs fault these people get into trouble, at least he is trying to stop people like this girl from bringing the drugs into the jail, new comers to the county wont a shriff like ours to protect this type of behavore.
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        by Hey on Jun 17, 2011 at 07:07 AM in reply to not surprized
        Drugs, what drugs?
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        by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 06:53 AM in reply to not surprized
        it wasnt drugs stupid, it was ciggarettes and tobaccoo to roll ciggarettes.. how about you listen better
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      by anon on Jun 17, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to
      I have never been in the Harvey hilton, thank god ,but I know some that have been, and they say if you wont it you can get it, and that go's from egg crates for you bed, to pot ,cigarets,that ever you wont, If you have the money they will accommodate you. And if you are some body special and have that wakulla ONE card in your pocket,you will be out the fount door before the gate shuts in the back.
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