Meth didn’t make it into the county jail but two people did, warden says

Tisha Hester, left, and Jimmy Clolinger
Tisha Hester, left, and Jimmy Clolinger

A man and a woman went to drop off meth for an inmate worker to pick up, unaware that deputies were waiting to arrest them, Harrison County jail Warden Evan Hubbard said.

A jail investigator received word of the drop-off through phone calls to an inmate, Hubbard said. Phone calls to inmates are recorded. A recorded message advises callers before they reach their party.

The calls led to the arrests of Jimmy Leyroy Clolinger Jr., 43, and Tisha Renee Hester, 35.

“It’s a very rare case of us having the advantage through phone calls Investigator Robert Immel intercepted,” Hubbard said.

“Usually we’re facing narcotics once it gets into the jail,” the warden said.

Deputies arrested Clolinger and Hester on Thursday as they were dropping off the contraband at a different location where one of the inmate workers was to pick it up, Hubbard said.

“They were conspiring to bring it in, but we caught them,” Hubbard said.

The couple each faces charges of possession of meth and introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, with bonds set at a total of $50,000 for each of them. Deputies also arrested Clolinger on a petit larceny charge.

Clolinger has a prescription forgery conviction from a 2008 arrest, the jail docket shows. He also had been arrested on a felony child support charge in Hancock County, and was fined on that charge while serving time on contempt charges at the Harrison County jail in 2012.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews