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Contraband found in football launched into Arkansas prison

July 27, 2019

NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) — State officials say someone tried to deliver drugs and cell phones to an inmate at an Arkansas prison by placing the contraband in a football and throwing it over a fence.

The Arkansas Department of Correction said in a Facebook post Friday that the football was thrown into the Grimes Unit in Newport, which is in Jackson County. Authorities didn’t indicate when the ball was thrown into the prison.

It was retrieved by guards who cut it open to find two kinds of illicit drugs and about a half-dozen cell phones. Officials didn’t say what drugs were found inside.

They said none of the contraband was obtained by inmates.

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