North Mississippi jailer arrested for bringing drugs into jail

A north Mississippi corrections officer has been arrested for bringing drugs and other contraband into a correctional facility according to police reports.

From the Tishomingo County Sheriffs office:

On February 16, 2019, Tishomingo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a corrections officer for the Tishomingo County Jail.  This was due to an investigation done by the Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office and the Tishomingo County Jail.  The corrections officer was under investigation for the past few weeks due to reports of taking money to bring in tobacco and drugs into the Tishomingo County Jail when they came to work.  When the corrections officer arrived to begin working, he was found to be in possession of contraband items.  Sheriff Daugherty explains that this is a very dangerous situation due to the fact that the inmates use tobacco and other items as “currency” and this can lead to “paying” other inmates to assault deputies and corrections officers.  Also, Sheriff Daugherty states that the real victims are the families of these inmates that uses cash money to the purchasing of these items, without knowing what the money is used for.  For over a year, the Tishomingo County Jail has been tobacco free due to attempt to prevent incidents like this. 

RODNEY FISHER, JR. a 33-year-old, white male, of 108 East Fourth Street Iuka, Mississippi, was officially charged with INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND INTO A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY and ATTEMPTED INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND INTO A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.  FISHER’s bond was set by the Tishomingo County Justice Court at $3,500.00.  FISHER was immediately terminated from his employment with the Tishomingo County Jail.

This is still an ongoing investigation and further arrests may be pending.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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