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Officials investigating use of cellphone, drone after SC inmate's prison break

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RIDGEVILLE, SC (AP) -

An inmate who escaped from a South Carolina prison is back behind bars.

State officials say Jimmy Causey escaped from Lieber Correctional Institution in Dorchester County on July 4 and was tracked down nearly 1,200 miles away at a motel in Cedar Park, Texas.

He was serving a life sentence for kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges.

When Causey was taken into custody, officials say he had weapons, ammunition, four cell phones and $47,654 in cash. How he acquired all that is part of an alarming trend. It is believed he used a cell phone to orchestrate his escape and possibly a drone delivered the contraband.

“We’ve seen this too often,” said S.C. Department of Corrections director Bryan Stirling, “We’re going to see serious consequences where people are going to get hurt because of drones and cell phones.”

Officials say until the federal government allows cell phone signals to be blocked from state correctional facilities, inmates aren’t completely locked up.

“These people are incarcerated physically,” said Stirling, “But they’re still continuing their criminal ways behind bars.”

Gov. Henry McMaster put out a video on Friday thanking Stirling and SLED chief Mark Keel for their roles in apprehending Causey.

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