April 15, 2022

Man caught smuggling drugs, weapons, other contraband into Raymond Detention Center

Mary Apel

A Madison man was caught attempting to smuggle contraband items into the Raymond Detention Center.

On Thursday night, April 14th at approximately 8:30 PM, a transportation deputy securing the perimeter of the Raymond Detention Center observed a gray Dodge Challenger occupied by a black male driver approach the fence line of the facility. The deputy noticed the vehicle matched the description of a vehicle recently involved in attempting to smuggle contraband onto the grounds of the facility.

The deputy approached the vehicle and observed the driver get out and throw packs wrapped in different materials over the fence. The driver noticed the deputy and fled the scene with the transportation deputy following him and notifying patrol deputies.

Upon patrol’s response, they located the vehicle in a rural area of Hinds County and the driver continued to flee. After a short chase, the driver exited the vehicle running on foot and patrol deputies were able to take him into custody. He’s identified as Jacob Darnell Lewis, 25, of Madison.

Investigators were able to retrieve the items thrown over the fence and after searching the vehicle, discovered more items that were due to be introduced to the facility as well. Deputies also recovered items along the roadway where Lewis fled that he threw from the windows while refusing to stop.

The several items recovered during this incident included, alcoholic beverages, marijuana, tobacco, cigarettes, knives, a saw, cell phones, cell phone chargers, cigars, pills, a semi-automatic rifle and other miscellaneous items. 

Lewis faces several felony charges: felony fleeing, possession of a controlled substance, introducing contraband to a correctional facility and more charges are possible.

The deputies responsible for responding to this incident and the keen observation of the transportation deputy should be commended for their swift actions and resilient response to apprehend this offender and deter these dangerous items from entering the facility.

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