Woman pleads guilty to bringing contraband into jail, charges pending against former guard

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A woman who brought drugs into the Bowie County jail in September pleaded guilty Monday.

Charges against inmate Michael Kamokee Wyrick, 26, and former correctional officer Rashad Edward Faucette, 23, remain pending in connection with contraband including tobacco, lighters and marijuana. Sarina Janee Beatty, 20, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of prohibited substance in a correctional facility before 5th District Judge Bill Miller.

Beatty admitted that she brought a package containing loose tobacco, rolling papers and pot into the Bowie County jail annex and left it in the women’s restroom in the lobby Sept. 19. Beatty told investigators the contraband was meant for Wyrick. That package was intercepted, however an Oct. 11 drop involving a former guard was successful.

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Investigators were able to identify Wyrick and Beatty as suspects using recorded jail phone conversations, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Beatty met Faucette outside the jail and handed him containers of Wing Stop take out food Oct. 11 which also included tobacco, lighters and marijuana. When interviewed by investigators, Faucette allegedly denied knowing the food included contraband and claimed he disposed of it before giving the Wing Stop fare to Wyrick and another inmate.

Investigators used jail phone calls to make their case against Faucette as well.

“In the call right after the delivery, he was thankful to Janee and pleased. During the call the next day, Wyrick talked about how strong smelling the marijuana was and told Janee that the guard told him he had to flush it,” the affidavit said.

Charges against Faucette remain pending. Wyrick was indicted last week for two counts of prohibited substance in a correctional facility as well as aggravated assault involving a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury and felony evading arrest in a vehicle.

According to affidavits in Wyrick’s other cases, he allegedly shot a man in the face July 22 after arguing with him about a woman. The alleged victim survived.

Wyrick allegedly fled from police when they attempted to stop the Kia Optima he was driving Sept. 7 in Texarkana, Texas. Wyrick evaded capture in the car until he reached an apartment complex where he fled on foot. Officers took Wyrick into custody on the grounds of the Oaks at Rose Hill complex.

Prohibited substance in a correctional facility is punishable by six months to two years in a state jail. Aggravated assault with serious bodily injury involving a deadly weapon is punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison. Evading arrest in a vehicle is punishable by two to ten years in prison.

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