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K-9 locates Ala. contraband suspect

After a CO spotted the trespasser, a tracking K-9 led authorities on a 3-mile chase of the suspect


The suspect’s backpack contained 12 packages wrapped in black tape.

Carol Robinson | crobinson

By Carol Robinson

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A Birmingham man is one of two people arrested after authorities say they tried to deliver contraband to Alabama prisons.

D’erian Quintez Holloway, 28, is charged first-degree promoting prison contraband and second-degree criminal trespassing, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

On Monday, Oct. 2, a correctional officer observed a trespasser carrying a backpack and attempted to communicate with him. The suspect dropped the backpack and ran into the woods.

A tracking dog was deployed, and a track was established, leading authorities through the woods for about three miles.

A school bus driver had spotted the suspect and notified the officers of the location, prison officials said.

Officers responded and took Holloway into custody.

The backpack contained 12 packages wrapped in black tape. Authorities did not identify the contents of those packages.

Holloway was booked into the Jefferson County Jail and released on bonds totaling $8,500. Authorities said more charges could be added.

Earlier this week – on Monday – 40-year-old Arteres Neyan Banks, of Columbus, Ga., arrested on charges of promoting prison contraband and unlawful possession of marijuana.

A prison investigator notified officers at Ventress Correctional Facility in Barbour County of a trespasser on state property.

A tracking dog followed a track for about a half mile to a residential area where they located Banks and took him into custody.

He was booked into the Bullock County Jail.

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