Mississippi jailer charged with smuggling phone to inmate

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi jailer has been arrested on charges that he tried to smuggle a cellphone into the jail.

DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco tells WMC-TV that 35-year-old Christopher Hooker of Memphis, Tennessee, was arrested Saturday morning.

Hooker was booked into the jail where he had worked as a guard and is charged with one count of furnishing contraband to prisoners.

The sheriff says an inmate promised Hooker more than $1,000 if the jailer could get him a phone. Rasco says he fired Hooker.

Hooker is free on $3,000 bail.

Jail records show Hooker is scheduled to appear in court on May 10. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

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Information from: WMC-TV, http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/

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