Melissa Ann Hull, 43, a resident of Mary Topps Road in Franklinton, found herself in more trouble when she reported to the Washington Parish Jail on September 13 to begin serving a one year sentence.
Hull’s sentence was imposed on September 11 for one year of hard labor for simple burglary of a vehicle. She was ordered to report to the jail on September 13 to begin her sentence.
When Hull arrived at the jail, she brought personal items with her. Lt. Jim Miller, Chief of Security for the jail, searched the items and discovered a significant number of pills carefully hidden inside a sealed feminine hygiene package. The pills, including pain medications and other narcotics were confiscated and Hull found herself facing another criminal charge.
Hull was charged with introducing contraband into the jail. If convicted of that offense, she faces the possibility of a fine ranging from $250 up to $2,000 dollars and imprisonment up to five years. That would be in addition to the one year she has already been sentenced to serve.
Sheriff Randy Seal congratulated his jail staff on their diligence. “Our jail officers are the unsung heroes of the criminal justice system. They do a great job managing the jail and the inmates under very difficult circumstances. Lt. Miller’s alertness in discovering this contraband may have prevented an officer or inmate from being harmed.”