'Only Tobacco' Lands Worker in Jail

Bartow County authorities arrested a man they say tried to sneak contraband to jail inmates in Cartersville.

authorities arrested an Alabama man who was performing maintenance work inside the jail.

Sheriff Clark Millsap said in a news release that deputies working at the jail escorted Ronald Bert Epperson, 48, an employee of Etowah Chemicals, to the laundry area inside the jail to check on a malfunctioning machine. After working in the area for a while, Epperson indicated that he was finished.

But jailers were suspicious of his timing and activities and checked the area in which he was working. They found tobacco, rolling papers and a lighter wrapped up inside a latex glove and taped inside the machine.

When questioned, Epperson allegedly admitted concealing the items for inmates and said, "It was only tobacco."

He was charged with possession of prohibited items beyond a guard line for allegedly hiding the tobacco for inmates to consume. Epperson is currently in jail awaiting a bond hearing.

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Kimberly griffis September 14, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Wow. Now he can sit in the cells with the other idiots..
Deborah Epperson Biggs September 15, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Uh......that's my brother your talking about.....you clearly don't realize that our constitution provides us with the policy of "innocent until proven guilty".... Furthermore, as Abe Lincoln once said " don't believe anything you read, and only half of what you see". This is not as it seems.....
gene September 15, 2012 at 08:20 AM
Something about this mug shot--he looks like a real good, regular guy. Obviously didn't know what he was getting involved with here. Probably just trying to do a little favor.
Deborah Epperson Biggs September 15, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Gene....thank you so much for your comment.........he really is a regular guy and you would be surprised the family background ......it is impeccable .......this was a case of someone trying to do something for someone whom they felt sorry for....that is it.....
Craig P. September 20, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Hardly innocent. He admitted guilt by admitting he placed it there. Yeah, he is innocent at this point... but he broke the law of bringing contraband into the jails... and will be found guilty. A law is a law... break it and you will pay the consequences. Craig www.ecigmods.com


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