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Man arrested on Virginia correctional center property with lighters, cell phone in a diaper

Crystal Graham
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Virginia Department of Corrections security staff members and local authorities took a male suspect into custody after he was found with two lighters and a cell phone wrapped in a diaper on VADOC property.

At approximately 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, roving patrol staff at Deerfield Correctional Center spotted a man walking in an authorized area along the perimeter road of the facility. The Deerfield Correctional Center is located in the town of Capron in Southampton County.

A second patrol was called, and the man was later stopped by VADOC staff and the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers found the contraband materials in the man’s possession.

The male suspect was taken into custody after officers learned there was a warrant for his arrest related to probation violations.

“Cell phones, lighters, drugs and other forms of contraband pose a serious risk to our department’s mission of providing safe and effective incarceration,” said VADOC Director Chadwick Dotson.

VADOC continues to investigate this incident.

No additional information will be provided until the investigation is complete.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.