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Corrections officers stop large contraband drop at Oklahoma prison

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TAFT, Okla. – Oklahoma prison officials say officers foiled a contraband drop at a prison in Taft.

The Department of Corrections says officers at the minimum-security Jess Dunn Correctional Center saw an inmate running toward a housing unit around 4 a.m. Sunday.

Jason Curlee, Oklahoma DOC

Jason Curlee, Oklahoma DOC

After the guards captured the inmate, identified as Jason Curlee, they found a large amount of contraband nearby.

Officers then saw another person running away from the facility.

That man was caught and arrested after a short foot chase.

He was later identified as Michael Killingworth.

“It took bravery and resolve to run after someone who was attempting to make a contraband drop at a facility,” Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh said. “I appreciate their efforts to ensure the safety of the facility and the public were kept as a top priority during this situation.”

“Contraband poses a serious threat to the safety and security of prisons across the state,” Allbaugh continued. “Because of the dangers and potential risks involved, we will continue to pursue charges against these individuals who introduce and have contraband both inside and outside of our facilities.”

Michael Killingworth, Muskogee County Sheriff's Office

Michael Killingworth, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office

The following items were found by correctional officers in connection with Curlee and Killingworth.

  • 29 cellphones
  • 28 cellphone chargers
  • 242 packs of rolling papers
  • 60 one pound bags tobacco
  • 13 cans of smokeless tobacco
  • 150 pouches of smokeless tobacco
  • 9 pounds of chewing tobacco
  • 2 pounds of marijuana
  • 100 lighters
Contraband found by correctional officers early Sunday morning. Credit: Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Contraband found by correctional officers early Sunday morning. Credit: Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Three different bags were seized containing 29 cellphones and 60 pounds of tobacco. Credit: Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Three different bags were seized containing 29 cellphones and 60 pounds of tobacco. Credit: Oklahoma Department of Corrections