Scheme to reel in pot at county jail hits a snag

Story highlights

  • Authorities: Inmates in Pinellas County, Florida, jail dropped line six floors to accomplice outside
  • Bag containing pot, tobacco products found hanging outside fourth floor of jail
  • Three men, including alleged outside accomplice, charged with bringing contraband into jail
  • New fence will discourage future fishing expeditions
It has to be difficult to outfit a fishing expedition when you're in jail.
A pair of incarcerated anglers in Florida had to find a line they could cast six stories down, plus an accomplice outside to put marijuana and tobacco on their hook.
It may have been the alleged accomplice's fault that they had to try to reel in the goodies in a flimsy plastic grocery bag. But all three of them got into trouble when the bag and the contraband were discovered hanging outside the fourth floor of the Pinellas County jail.
The sheriff's office said it charged three men this week with introducing contraband into the jail. The plan, a sheriff's statement said, was for inmates Mark Matthew Keating, 45, and Phillip William Henderson, 38, t