Crime

Jailers screened former 3 Doors Down bassist’s mail. Now he faces a new charge.

Former 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell arrives at court for his initial appearance on weapons and drug charges in Jackson County during the summer of 2018.
Former 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell arrives at court for his initial appearance on weapons and drug charges in Jackson County during the summer of 2018. Sun Herald

The original 3 Doors Down bassist is now facing a new drug charge even though he’s already in jail.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department arrested Robert Todd Harrell on Friday on a charge of introduction of narcotics into a correctional facility, Sheriff Mike Ezell said in a press release.

The drugs were found during screening of the incoming mail to the Jackson County Jail, Ezell said. He did not say what kind of drugs were in the mail.

Harrell is in jail on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was arrested in June after deputies responded to his St. Martin home when an alarm went off, Ezell said at the time.

Harrell’s wife told deputies they had gotten into a fight, Ezell said. When deputies saw guns and drugs, they called the narcotics unit, which got a search warrant, he said. Harrell was arrested on the firearm charge as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and domestic assault.

Harrell previously served two years in prison for causing a deadly 2013 crash in Nashville while speeding. The judge sentenced him to two years in prison and six years of probation.

The South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team is assisting in the ongoing investigation.

If convicted on the new charge, Harrell could receive up to a seven-year prison sentence.

Ex-3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell appeared before Jackson County Court on Monday, June 18, 2018, on three counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

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