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Court docs: ‘I did marijuana and Spice in the Allen County jail’

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- A Fort Wayne man who avoided prison time for his role in a 2016 homicide may end up there anyway for a parole violation that's raising some questions.

21-year-old Devyn Yancey spent about a year and a half in the Allen County jail waiting for his trial and re-trial in a drug deal homicide that happened in August of 2016.

After pleading guilty to aggravated battery in the case, the judge said Yancey had to wear an ankle bracelet and be on probation for four years while the rest of his sentence was suspended.

Devyn Yancey allegedly told his probation officer he did marijuana and Spice in the Allen County jail prior to his sentencing.

According to court documents, Yancey was released September fourth, and told his probation officer he smoked marijuana and spice, but did it at the Allen County jail.

Two weeks later, he tested positive for cocaine, and was arrested for violating his probation.

"It goes in cycles," said Allen County Deputy Chief Troy Hershberger.

Hershberger said contraband like drugs does sometimes find its way into the jail.

"At that point then we would lock down, isolate, and do a thorough search," he said.

He says every person booked at the jail is patted down with their belongings searched. But…

"When you're an addict, you'll do and take any chance you can to bring that product, whatever the substance is, into the facility of the jail. If you know ahead of time you're going to be remanded in court, for example, and going to spend some time in jail or a lengthy time in jail, they'll either ingest it prior to or insert it into a body cavity," he said.

He says inmates sometimes had drugs sent to them through the mail, but a change of jail policy has cracked down on that quite a bit.

"What we've tried to do is institute the tablet system to try to get away from hard paper mail coming in. That's one of the things we have done," he added.

He says if an inmate is caught with contraband, it will be confiscated and used as evidence to support a charge of possession.

Yancey was out of jail for 17 days before testing positive for cocaine.

He has a hearing for violation of probation October 13.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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