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Maben Mother Accused of Smuggling Pills, Jewelry to Inmate Daughter

Cindy Turner

JACKSON – The mother of a Central Mississippi Correctional Facility female inmate is charged with bringing contraband into the Rankin County prison during visitation this past weekend.

Cindy Kay Turner, 55, of Maben was found with drugs, including 30 white pills of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, and jewelry, including two Quartz watches and a bracelet, in the visitation unit, according to Corrections Investigation Division investigators. She was arrested Saturday after she arrived at the prison to visit her daughter Renae Langford, Inmate #110273. The contraband was concealed on her body.

“The introduction of contraband is one of the major problems corrections officials face nationwide,” said Corrections Commissioner Christopher B. Epps, who is also president of the American Correctional Association. “The Mississippi Department of Corrections has zero tolerance for bringing illegal items into the state prison system. Regardless if you are the relative of an inmate, a staffer or otherwise visitor to one of our prisons, young or old, you will be caught and strongly recommended for prosecution.”

Introduction of contraband into a correctional facility is a felony punishable by three to 15 years in prison, a maximum $25,000 fine, or both.

Turner was booked into the Rankin County Jail, where she later posted bond.

Langford, 26, is serving12 years for armed robbery in Webster County. She was sentenced in March 2005.