Knife found in cell; inmate faces charge


An inmate being held on drug charges at the Jackson County Jail faces an additional charge after a jailer said a homemade knife was found in his cell.

Areli Rivera, 32, of Seymour, faces a charge of possession of a dangerous device or material as a prisoner, a Level 4 felony, after the weapon was found during a search of his cell Monday night, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Rivera initially was booked into the jail in Brownstown on May 11 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. He was being held on a $2,005 bond.

Jail Sgt. Clint Burcham said the events that led to the discovery of the knife began when jailers received information an inmate had a shank, or homemade knife, according to the news release.

Burcham said he and jail officers Levi Caudill and Jonathan Tabor found the knife during a search of Rivera’s cell.

Rivera will be held without bond on the new charge pending an initial hearing.

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