NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office deputies have charged three people with attempting to smuggle a prohibited substance into the jail after deputies searched several trusties returning from a work detail and found tobacco products on one of the inmates Monday.
Eva Lewis, 60, and Misti Hogue, 35, both of Timpson, were arrested and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail on charges of bringing a prohibited substance into a correctional facility. The charges have since been upgraded to engaging in organized criminal activity, which is a second-degree felony.
David Lewis, 34, of Timpson, the jail trusty who was allegedly found with tobacco products on his person, was already being held on a motion to revoke probation charge. The press release said that David Lewis has now also been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.
According to a press release, the contraband and investigation were turned over to NCSO investigators. When the investigators did a search of the area where the jail trusties had been working, they found a cell phone, marijuana, pills, and tobacco hidden on the grounds beside a shed.
In addition, the NCSO investigators reviewed video surveillance footage from the Nacogdoches Expo Center that revealed two additional suspects who allegedly brought the contraband to the facility and dropped it off in a hidden location.
The investigators then obtained warrants for Eva Lewis and Hogue. Eva Lewis was arrested at the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, and Hogue was arrested in Timpson by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail.
The press release stated that David Lewis was directly responsible for setting up the delivery of the contraband. In addition, all three suspects allegedly admitted to the crime when they were interviewed by investigators.
Lewis has been released from trusty status, according to Bridges.