Inmate Charged With Contraband Possession

MAYVILLE – An inmate at the Chautauqua County Jail was charged Sunday after police found several items of contraband in his possession.

Thomas A. Kimbrough Jr., 18, of Jamestown, was discovered to have matches and tobacco-both of which are prohibited by the jail- during a routine search.

He was charged with second-degree promoting prison contraband.

According to Joseph Gerace, Chautauqua County Sheriff, it is still unknown whether Kimbrough obtained the items through a personal visit.

“(Visits) are an area of concern because the state requires contact visitation,” Gerace said. “The staff do a very good job (of monitoring), but it’s never 100 percent.”

Indeed, despite video surveillance and post-visit searches, inmates can still walk away with contraband items in their possession.

“They’re very good at concealing and putting (contraband) into orifices,” Gerace said. “We have to be continually monitoring every moment.”

Contraband exchanges have occurred at the jail before.

In September, a civilian visitor reportedly passed Morphine Sulfate, Xanax and Oxycodone pills to an inmate during a visit.

In August, two other incidents occurred in which the drug Suboxone was exchanged during a visit.