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Man held for bringing drugs to jail

Published 11:30 am Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Warren County man accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into the county jail was held without bail this morning.
Matthews Washington, 21, 53 Old Gibson Road, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute inside a correctional facility, Sheriff Martin Pace said.
During visitation Tuesday, Washington attempted to smuggle in a package of marijuana taped to his leg, Pace said.
“It’s another in our ongoing efforts to curb the smuggling of contraband into the jail,” Pace said.
The Warren County Jail has no visitation area. State law requires the jail to offer visitation, so the public must be escorted into the jail’s cellblocks.
The current jail was built in 1907, and a new jail has been on the list of grand jury recommendations for more than 20 years.
Washington was held without bail this morning awaiting his initial appearance in justice court.

Robber hits pizza restaurant
An armed robber was on the lam this morning after stealing cash from a restaurant on Clay Street.
At about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, a masked robber wearing all black approached an employee outside Pizza Inn, 4102 Clay St. before forcing his way in a back door at gunpoint and stealing an undisclosed amount of cash, Vicksburg police Sgt. Randy Blake said.
The robber was last seen fleeing on foot out the back door of the restaurant at the corner of Clay Street and Berryman Road, Blake said.
Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call Vicksburg police at 601-636-2511 or Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers at 601-355-8477. Callers to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and do not have to testify in court. Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a felony suspect.