Six charged in smuggling tobacco into local jail

POSTED: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:48pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

CORYELL COUNTY -- Six people are charged after a month long investigation into reports that two people were smuggling tobacco into the County Jail and given to inmates.

It started on March 31 when Temple Police contacted investigators about the information they received about the smuggling from a confidential source.

The information the Investigators received was that inmates in the Coryell County Jail along with the assistance of a girlfriend and a County Jailer of the Sheriff's Office were involved in smuggling tobacco into the County Jail.

The confidential source says inmate Marshall Blanchard, 39, his girlfriend, 42-year-old Katherine Anderson of Waco, inmate Stephen Smith, 31, and 28-year-old Jake Rhoades, employee of the Coryell County Jail as a County Jailer were all involved in the smuggling.

Through investigation and surveillance, two more were identified in the case: 40-year-old Vicki Barnhill and 31-year-old Christopher Miller.

Investigation revealed that this scheme had begun sometime in January of this year.

All six involved are charged with Criminal Conspiracy - Introduction of a Prohibited Substance into a Correctional Facility.

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