Authorities charge 9 Memphis-area inmates

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities have charged nine inmates with smuggling drugs and other contraband into a Memphis-area jail.

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said Monday that seven of the nine current or former inmates at the Shelby County Correctional Center facility have been arrested.

Godwin says a "facilitator" from outside the jail would throw the bundled contraband over the fence and onto the roof of the facility. An inmate would then retrieve it from the roof and distribute it in the jail.

The contraband included marijuana, Vicodin pills, tobacco, cell phones, razor blades and MP3 players.

No corrections officers have been charged, though two resigned during the investigation.

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