Man charged after prison contraband drop

A recently released inmate from the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center was arrested and charged after being caught with two duffel bags full of contraband on prison grounds Sunday.

Kyle Mincher-Carter, 27, of Boswell, was charged May 13 with felony possession of cell phone or electronic device in penal institution and misdemeanor possession of contraband (tobacco) in penal institution or jail, according to documents filed by District 18 First Assistant District Attorney Adam Scharn.

Jail records show the man was released after posting a $5,000 bond through a bondswoman.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Deputy Kyle Halyard wrote in an affidavit that on May 12, that after Mincher-Carter was transported to the Pittsburg County Jail, the duffel bags were opened and Halyard found 32 pounds of tobacco, 50 butane lighters, 10 pre-paid cell phones and cigarette rolling papers.

The deputy wrote in his report that he was called to prison property for a person who was delivering contraband to the prison.

Halyard wrote in his report he met with correctional officers at the back fence of prison property near Tannehill Road, where a man was in custody after being found with two duffel bags on his person.

The man told investigators that he was just released from JBCC three months earlier and refused to tell them who dropped him off, the affidavit states.

According to the report, Mincher-Carter’s cell phone was ringing and was taken as evidence by correctional officers to determine which inmate was attempting to call him.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections investigators told Halyard that they knew the drop was occurring because a phone call from within the facility was intercepted, alerting authorities that someone was at the back fence, according to the report. ODOC will add a supplemental affidavit upon completion of its investigation, the report stated.

A receipt was also found that showed the man paid cash for four of the cell phones, the report states. The receipt was turned over to ODOC investigators, who said they would attempt to retrieve video from the store, the affidavit states.

Court records show Mincher-Carter is scheduled for a preliminary hearing conference at 8:30 a.m. May 24.

Contact Derrick James at djames@mcalesternews.com