Four charged with having contraband in jail cells

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Four inmates in area prisons are facing federal charges for being caught with cell phones and drugs inside their cells.

A federal grand jury in Cleveland issued indictments against the four, two of which are serving long federal prison sentences in Federal Correctional Institute Elkton in Columbiana County and two are in the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center on Hubbard Road in Youngstown.

Charges say Albert Robinson and Jason Dion Melton both were found with marijuana inside the Elkton Correctional facility on Aug. 5 and Aug. 7.

The Elkton facility, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, houses low and minimum security prisoners.

Robinson, according to records, is in the midst of a 14-year prison sentence for making and selling crack cocaine and selling cocaine from his Cleveland home in 2007. Cleveland police and Drug Enforcement Agents used a confidential informant to buy crack from Robinson, and found him with two loaded handguns and 60 grams of crack when they arrested him.

He also was convicted of having the guns despite felony convictions for drug trafficking in 1990 and 1991, records say.

Two days later, the other Elkton inmate, Jason Dion Melton, was found with marijuana. He is serving a 7-year, 10-month prison sentence for trafficking Oxycodone painkillers in Kentucky.

A bill of information charged Anyelina Lespin and Kendy Hernandez, both inmates at the minimum security Northeast Ohio Correction Center, ran by the Community Corrections Association, on Hubbard Road, with obtaining a cell phone on Jan. 12.

They are facing charges of having a prohibited object.

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