Man arrested for smuggling contraband in DeKalb County Jail with a fishing line, deputies say

The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office served up a Halloween “trick” in the form of an arrest after inmates tried to “treat” themselves to some illegal contraband this past weekend.

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On Sunday, deputies say David Askew, 59, of College Park, allegedly sent contraband up the walls of the jail into an inmate’s cell using a fishing line and a plastic bag.

“This was a sizable drop,” said Chief Deputy Randy Akies. “And one with quite a bit of variety.”


Authorities seized the following items:

  • A large black plastic bag containing 14 cellphones

  • Five cellphone batteries

  • Zip-close bag containing a green leafy substance

  • Zip-close bag containing a red tobacco substance

  • Seven cigarette tobacco packs

  • Two sewing kits

  • 11 cellphone wall chargers

  • Eight USB cords

  • Two boxes of razor blades

  • Six tubes of super glue

  • Four packs of cigarette papers

  • A small plastic bag of crystal rock-like substance

  • Seven multicolored socks

  • Two cellphone cases

  • One pair of girl’s panties

  • Two belly rings

  • A cellphone safety pin

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Askew is facing charges of crossing state/county guard lines with weapons, intoxicant drugs without consent and criminal trespass-unlawful purposes.

He was arrested at the jail and is currently behind bars and held without bond.