Prison inmate charged with hiding drugs, SIM cards in cut in shoe

Photo: Rickey C. Strain Jr.

An inmate of the North Central Unit of the state prison system at Calico Rock has been charged with three felonies after he allegedly hid an illegal substance and two SIM cards in a small cut in his shoe.

According to the probable cause affidavit, 35-year-old Rickey C. Strain Jr. was transferred from the Department of Correction’s (DOC) Tucker Unit to the Izard County facility in late January.

When Strain arrived at the North Central Unit, he was searched for contraband and the small cut in his shoe was allegedly discovered.

Inside the cut, prison personnel reportedly found approximately one-half gram of suspected methamphetamine and the two components for a cellphone. The illegal substance field tested positive for meth.

Strain has been charged with furnishing, possessing or using prohibited articles, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond on the charges was set at $25,000.

Online DOC information indicates Strain received a 25-year prison sentence in 2008 for first-degree murder in Jefferson County. The information shows 21 disciplinary violations prior to the latest charges.

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