Three men charged with smuggling contraband into Fla. jail

Had kept bag with about $1,500 in banned items dangling from a nylon cord in a drainage hole

By Matt McKinney
Tampa Bay Times

LARGO — Inmate Phillip William Henderson spoke with conviction and a tinge of panic Monday evening when he dialed out from the Pinellas County Jail. He knew the call was being recorded, but this was urgent.

The nylon cord authorities say he and another inmate dangled from a sixth-floor rain drainage hole to smuggle in jail contraband had snapped. A bag containing approximately $1,500 in banned items had fallen out of sight.

Authorities say Pinellas Park resident Eric Scott Snook, 41, had attached the plastic bag filled with marijuana, tobacco, lighters and other items to the cord so the two inmates could reel it in. But by the time the string broke, Snook had already left.

Full story: Three men charged with smuggling contraband into the Pinellas County Jail

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