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OSHP: Man tries to toss gun to prisoners

Posted: 6:11 PM, Sep 22, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-22 18:11:52-04

A man attempted to toss a gun and other contraband into a Richland County prison yard, according to the Highway Patrol. 

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Jawaun Scruggs, 22, of Akron, was arrested by troopers after staff at the Richland Correctional Institution said they spotted a man trying to toss a package to prisoners on Sunday.

In a field adjacent to the fence, Highway Patrol found the package containing a 22-caliber semi-automatic weapon, two bullets, eight cell phones and two pouches of tobacco.

Scruggs appeared in court on Tuesday for charges of illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon and criminal trespassing. 

His bond was set at $25,000.

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An Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokesperson said the incident is currently under investigation.

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