MDOC officer arrested for attempt to smuggle contraband

JACKSON, Miss – A Mississippi Department of Corrections officer at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman was arrested for contraband early this Monday morning.

Christopher Richardson, 52, picked up contraband from a property near the prison and was stopped by MDOC’s Corrections Investigation Division officers around 1:40 a.m. as he was returning to work. Richardson was on duty at the time.

Tobacco, cell phones, and suspected alcohol, were found in a state vehicle.

CID investigators acted on a tip from a citizen received hours earlier before Richardson was stopped at the front gate.

Richardson is a 22-year employee.

Richardson is being held in the Sunflower County Jail on a $75,000 bond on charges of introduction of contraband (tobacco) and introduction of alcoholic beverages. A conviction on the contraband charge carries from three to 15 years in prison, a maximum $25,000 bond, or both.

A conviction on the beverage offense carries a minimum two years and a maximum five years and up to $10,000.

Richardson also faces disciplinary action, including up to termination.

Investigators do not believe Richardson acted alone and expect more arrests as they pursue leads.

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