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Guard Tries to Smuggle Tobacco Into Augusta Prison

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Another guard from the Augusta State Medical Prison has been arrested for smuggling tobacco to sell to inmates.

Derwante Darnelle Anglin, 21, of Hephzibah, was arrested after trying to sneak in two packages of tobacco and rolling papers, a report says.

His plan failed.

When the metal detector went off, he tried to drop his stash into a trash can, but he was caught. He was arrested Tuesday for “trading with convicts without permission,” a felony. He’s now free on bond.

In an unrelated incident on Sunday, a 16-year-old attempted to throw contraband over the fence at the same prison and was arrested. Authorities recovered six large packages of tobacco, 18 cell phones, seven packs of rolling papers, one cigarette lighter, 18 phone chargers, two 2-liter bottles containing loose tobacco and a quarter pound of marijuana, according to a prison press release.

In January, prison employee Melissa Brown confessed to smuggling in the contraband for about a month and getting paid in cash or from inmate’s Green Dot debit cards, according to authorities.

The Department of Corrections has been cracking down on contraband at state prisons. Since 2010, more than 594 civilians and 112 staff members have been arrested for contraband-offenses.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.

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