Corrections Corporation of America's Mineral Wells pre-parole facility has had its third attempted contraband smuggling incident in recent months, according to a story in the Mineral Wells Index ("Man arrested after early morning chase," October 16),
A high-speed chase through Mineral Wells early Wednesday morning ended in the arrest of a Grand Prairie man on multiple charges.
The activity began when officers were responding to a call at 2:44 a.m. to Corrections Corporation of America regarding a man throwing contraband over the fence, Mineral Wells Police Lt. Patrick Adams said. CCA is located in the 700 block of Heintzelman Road in Wolters Industrial Park.
... This is the third time in three months CCA has discovered people throwing prohibited items over their fences. In August, a 14-year-old Lancaster youth was apprehended with two footballs stuffed with contraband – including marijuana - in his possession. A 15-year-old was caught in September attempting to throw a black duffle bag over the fence. He told authorities a Houston woman paid him $1,000 to toss the bag over but it was too heavy for him.
A request for comment to CCA was unreturned as of Wednesday afternoon.
While it doesn't appear that there was any wrong-doing on the part of CCA staff in this incident, there is clearly a trend of contraband smuggling being established here. Readers have alerted us to many alleged problems at Mineral Wells, and we'll be posting a multi-part report in recent weeks on the results of open records requests about the facility. Keep checking for those posts.