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Pinellas Sheriff says jail inmates go fishing for drugs

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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says two of his jail inmates were on a fishing expedition.

The sheriff says they used a nylon fishing line and a friend on the outside to bring contraband into the jail.

The sheriff says inmates Phillip William Henderson and Mark Matthew "Red" Keating used a nylon string and put it through a hole in an outdoor recreation area to lower to the ground.

On the outside, Eric Scott Snook attached a bag filled with tobacco, marijuana and lighters, according to the sheriff.

Sheriff Gualtieri says he believes the inmates may have done this same thing multiple times before they were caught.

Sheriff Gualtieri also says Keating and Henderson now face additional charges. He says Snook is now in custody.

Sheriff Gualiteri says he believes this is an isolated case, " We've never had this problem before. We never had anything like this before. The system seems to work, so we need to look at it, we'll consider it, but I really think this is an anomaly situation."

A fence will now be installed in the area the operation took place to prevent something like this from happening again.

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