November 23, 2020

Three charged with trying to smuggle drugs into Mississippi prison

Three Mississippians have been charged with introducing contraband into a correctional facility after state prison leaders caught the prison visitors with drugs.

The three charged were visitors at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County.

On Feb. 16, Walter Wayne Kuhn Jr., 48, of Pearl, was arrested after he was searched and 20 strips of Suboxone were found in his possession. He is charged with introduction of a controlled substance in a correctional facility.

On Saturday, Tiffany Ann Brantley-Lovelace, 28, of Brandon, and Christie Lynn White, 53, of Columbus, were arrested in separate incidents.

Brantley-Lovelace brought nine strips of Suboxone into the facility, investigators said. She is charged with possession of a controlled substance.

In White’s case, suspected Suboxone, Percocet, Xanax, methamphetamine, spice, and assorted jewelry for body piercings were seized. White is charged with introduction of contraband into a correctional facility.

Suboxone, a combination drug of buprenorphine and naloxone, can cause life-threatening breathing problems and intoxication leading to hospitalization or death.

Kuhn, Brantley-Lovelace, and White were all booked into the Rankin County Jail.