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Sheriff: Woman brought cocaine into Illinois jail

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- A Mississippi woman is facing charges for allegedly bringing cocaine into an Illinois county jail.

Kelsey Elizabeth Lewis is a 24-year-old woman from Vicksburg, Miss. Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz says Lewis was charged Friday with bringing contraband into a penal institution and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

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Police say they placed Lewis in a holding cell at the Madison County Jail on Thursday night, prior to her formal processing. Police say a jail deputy allegedly noticed Lewis acting suspiciously, entered the cell and found a small package containing cocaine allegedly belonging to Lewis.

Lewis remains in custody at the county jail in Edwardsville, the Belleville News Democrat reports. Madison County is located in southwestern Illinois, near St. Louis.

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