CMCF VISITOR ARRESTED AFTER METH IS FOUND IN CAR
JACKSON – A 35-year-old man coming to visit his wife at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County on Saturday was arrested after crystal methamphetamine was found inside his vehicle.
Terrance McKinney, a former inmate himself, is charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Rankin County Jail.
The arrest is part of a system wide contraband crackdown Interim Commissioner Pelicia Hall has ordered in addition to shakedowns to reduce the amount of illegal items in the hands of inmates.
“The two shakedowns we just completed show we must be more aggressive in going after contraband,” Hall said. “Whether you are a staff member, visitor, vendor or an offender, if you are bringing contraband into MDOC facilities, you will be caught.”
The meth was found during a search of McKinney’s vehicle upon entrance. Anyone coming on prison grounds is subject to be searched.
Former inmates cannot visit prisons without approval. McKinney had received approval.
McKinney faces up to seven years and a maximum $25,000 fine, if convicted of the possession charge, based on state law 47-5-198.
McKinney was convicted in Jackson County in 2010 of two counts of possession of a precursor with intent, and given four years to serve and six years’ probation, with the counts concurrent. His probation ended Aug. 23, 2016.