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By Jon Johnson
GRAHAM COUNTY – An inmate at the Graham County Adult Detention Facility is facing possible charges of promoting prison contraband and misconduct involving weapons after he defecated a bullet while incarcerated.
Jesse Evan Smith, 34, was in an isolation cell at the jail due to being on suicide watch and COVID-19 precautions when he reportedly passed a bullet he previously swallowed.
According to a Graham County Sheriff’s Office report, Smith – who was wanted on warrants regarding a probation revocation regarding separate guilty charges of burglary in the third degree and theft of a credit card – spoke freely about the situation. Smith advised he had been in Tucson with his mother when he pointed a gun at some people who were showing off their own weapons. He said he then got scared, so he took the bullet out of the gun and swallowed it.
After being picked up on his warrants, Smith was in his isolation cell when a detention officer provided him with toilet paper when he went to the bathroom. At that time, Smith told the detention officer he had something for him and produced the bullet, which he had washed off in a cup of water. The detention officer retrieved a biohazard bag and itemized the bullet, which was then given to the deputy to keep as evidence.
The deputy then forwarded his report to the Graham County Attorney’s Office for review and possible charges.