A Yazoo City man was found hiding in the woods after he allegedly threw bundles of cocaine, tobacco and cell phones over the fence at the Yazoo County Regional Correctional Facility.
Deonte Taylor, 19, was charged with introducing contraband into a state facility and possession of cocaine.
Terry Gann, chief investigator with the Yazoo County Sheriff’s Department, said a jail employee in a tower was monitoring a surveillance camera when he noticed something suspicious.
“A subject dressed in all black was seen approaching the fence at the south end of the campus,” Gann said. “He threw what appeared to be three bundles over the fence.”
The sheriff’s department was then notified, and deputies discovered Taylor hiding in the edge of the woods near the facility. After being taken to the sheriff’s department, the jailer positively identified Taylor as the subject in question.
The contraband was thrown over the fence in what is known as the B Zone on the state side of the facility.
“We then entered that zone and removed all the inmates, searching them,” Gann said. “We then searched the ceiling and found the three bundles that the jailer saw go over the fence.”
Inside those bundles, deputies discovered six large bags of tobacco, 10 packs of cigarettes, four packs of cigars, 14 packs of rolling papers, 10 lighters, 14 cell phones, 9 cell phone chargers and 1.5 grams of powder cocaine.
“At this time, we are also looking over video footage inside the jail,” Gann added. “More charges may come for the inmates who put the bundles into the ceiling.”