Fifty-three-year-old Larry Price of Hickory Flat was discovered on Saturday trying to retrieve two backpacks stuck in the security fence behind the prison.
Sheriff Ben Caldwell told the Daily Corinthian Price had attempted to throw the backpacks full of marijuana and cell phones over the fence and into the recreation yard.
“When we reviewed security cameras, we discovered that at approximately 2 a.m. an inmate climbed off the roof to retrieve items being thrown over the fence,” said Caldwell. “Officers checked the roof and discovered a hole leading into one of the housing units.”
With assistance from the Corinth Police Department, sheriff’s deputies conducted a shakedown of the facility on Monday.
“We recovered a large amount of tobacco that we believe came from the packages thrown over the fence,” added Caldwell.
Price is charged with introduction of contraband into a correctional facility and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Bond has not been set.
Caldwell said one to two inmates will be charged as co-conspirators, while another inmate will be charged with jail escape.
A second man was also spotted on camera helping Price.
The investigation is ongoing.