HILLSDALE — The Hillsdale County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged two inmates with smuggling contraband into the Hillsdale County Jail.
Ryan Joe Damron, 20, and Cody Allen Zimmer, 26, were both charged with possessing contraband and conspiracy to commit jail-furnishing contraband to prisoners on Monday.
Hillsdale County Prosecuting Attorney Neal Brady said Tuesday that authorities received an anonymous tip from a third inmate that drugs were being smuggled into the jail.
The incident happened two days prior, Brady said, and authorities investigated retroactively by reviewing calls and security footage.
“What they discovered through a phone call was that Cody Zimmer called a guy on the outside named Tyler Gibbs,” Brady said. “They spoke in code and never mentioned drugs but Gibbs was supposed to leave the contraband in a waste basket accessible to the public, which is regularly emptied by inmate trustees.”
Damron, a trustee, then retrieved the contraband and transferred it to Zimmer, Brady said.
“It appears to happen on film as described,” Brady said. “However, by the time they searched the cell there were no drugs found.”
Zimmer has a lengthy criminal record with numerous previous arrests for possessing methamphetamine and Damron is currently incarcerated for joyriding.
Gibbs is on felony probation for delivery of marijuana.
Both Zimmer and Damron face an additional five years imprisonment if convicted as charged.
Bond was set in the new matters at $20,000 with 10-percent allowed.