Fri Nov 27 00:17:57 PST 2015
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Barbour County corrections officer arrested for smuggling items into jail
Ken Curtis

A Barbour County corrections officer was recently charged with promotion prison contraband that appears somewhat related to recent escapes. Court records show Billy Don Curry, 62, of Clayton is accused of smuggling cell phones and cigarettes into the jail. Documents filed by investigators indicate Curry admitted to the crimes. Two inmates, Ladaries Tredel McNabb and Jessie Starks, escaped from the jail on Saturday. Starks returned the same day, and McNabb turned himself in later that night, according to Barbour County Sheriff Leroy Upshaw. The jail was placed on lockdown after officers became concerned that a gun had been smuggled inside. Curry’s arrest, according to court records, came amid an investigation regarding contraband in the jail. He was not implicated directly in the escapes. Curry was booked into jail on a charged of Promoting Prison Contraband, a felony, and later released on bond.

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