Two face charges for bringing contraband into Scott County Jail

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Zachary Moore

BENTON, Mo. — Two Scott County men face charges for allegedly bringing contraband into the Scott County Jail via a hair clippers set.

Gary Lutes

Gary Lutes, 39, of Sikeston and Zachary Moore, 23, of Scott City are each charged with three counts of Class D Felony of delivery/possession of controlled substance at a county jail.

According to Scott County Sheriff Wes Drury, on April 2 correctional officers and deputies at the Scott County Jail were alerted to possible narcotics being brought to the Scott County Jail for an inmate. Located inside of a set of hair clippers was 1.2 grams of methamphetamine, 2.6 grams of Marijuana and loose tobacco. The narcotics were concealed in a back compartment of the hair clippers.

Detectives with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office were able to identify Lutes as the person who dropped the hair clippers off at the Jail, the sheriff said.

During the investigation, detectives discovered Moore helped package and conceal the narcotics inside the hair clippers that were meant for his brother, who is an inmate at the Scott County Jail, Drury said in the news release.

Lutes and Moore were arrested and transported to the Scott County Jail where they were formally charged and remain in custody. Bond for each was set by the court at $40,000 cash or surety.

Two inmates currently being held in the Scott County Jail, Michael Moore, 28, and Demarcus Arterberry, 29, were also charged with orchestrating the delivery of the contraband. Probable cause affidavits have been submitted to the Scott County prosecutor for review against the inmates for delivery/possession of controlled substance at a county jail.

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