4 charged in contraband smuggling scheme at Ala. detention center

A review of surveillance video showed a man cutting a fence and entering the area at the wall breach

By Carol Robinson

OPELIKA, Ala. — Four people have been arrested after authorities found a breach at the Lee County Detention Center that was apparently being used to smuggle contraband into the lockup.

On Nov. 2, a perimeter check of the facility showed the security fence had been cut near one of the cell blocks and that the exterior cell well had been breached, said Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones. The opening was just large enough to pass small objects into the cell area.

A review of surveillance video showed a man cutting the fence and entering the area at the wall breach. Corrections deputies recovered multiple items of contraband from the interior cell area including marijuana, cigarette lighters, cell phones, chargers, rolling papers, tools and electrical wire.

Investigators identified 19-year-old Jordan Treveon Armstead of Opelika as the suspect involved in the security fence and cell wall breach. Jones said he was arrested and charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband, second-degree criminal trespass, and third-degree criminal mischief. He is being held in the Lee County Jail on bonds totaling $6,000.

Three others also have been charged in the smuggling scheme: Khyah Cymone Lewis, 27, of Dadeville; X-Zavious Rimeek Bryant, 23, of Opelika, and Jacquavious Jamar Greathouse, 30, of Auburn. All three are charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband. Their bonds are set at $5,000.

"Based on the evidence, Mr. Armstead exhibited a specific interest in the Lee County Detention Center,'' the sheriff said. “We have obliged his unauthorized and illegal visit by providing him a cell as a defendant.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 334-749-5651 or Central Alabama Crime Stoppers at 334-215 STOP (7867).


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