State employee accused of smuggling contraband into MDOC prison

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RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — A state employee transporting inmates to a work detail is suspected of working with inmates to smuggle contraband into the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, 35-year-old James Rucker is charged with introducing contraband into a correctional facility. The incident took place on December 14.

He was arrested after a routine security check where the contraband was discovered. Two inmates are suspected of working with Rucker. His bond was set at $10,000.

MDOC officials said Rucker is an equipment repair supervisor with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

A conviction on the contraband charge is a felony and punishable by a minimum three years, a maximum 15 years in prison, a maximum $25,000 fine, or both.

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