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3 arrested in South Carolina prison contraband operation

January 10, 2020 GMT

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Contraband valued at $35,000 was confiscated when the South Carolina Department of Corrections busted a smuggling operation involving a prison maintenance worker, an inmate and a local woman.

Marijuana, cell phones, tobacco, rolling papers, phone chargers and lighters were among the items Michael Lynn Mattox, 55, was preparing to bring into the Lee Correctional Institution with the help of Jessica Nichole Colclough Frasier, 31, and the inmate, the Department of Corrections said in a statement issued Thursday.

Mattox and Frasier were also accused of bringing contraband to an inmate at the prison five times prior, the Department of Corrections said.

The smuggling operation was uncovered when Frasier was caught with some of the items during a traffic stop by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department. She was charged with two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, two counts of criminal conspiracy and providing contraband to an inmate.

Mattox was charged with providing contraband to an inmate and two counts of criminal conspiracy, according to the release. He was fired from his job at the prison, the Department of Corrections said.

Charges are still pending for the inmate accused of involvement.