Reporting Brad Segall
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By Brad Segall
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — Authorities in Chester County say they’ve broken up an elaborate plan to break two suspected murderers out of the Chester County prison.
Prosecutors say it all started a couple of months ago, when prison officials intercepted a package of drugs that was smuggled into the prison disguised as legal correspondence.
Further investigation uncovered communications between the two inmates — Shmek Hynson and Saleem Williams — and two women on the outside.
“We actually found out that these individuals were all communicating with each other, that they were speaking in code over the phone, and that they had a very detailed plan that they had thought out,” says Chester County district attorney Tom Hogan.
Hogan says that plan involved punching through the security glass when they had visitors, using either a ceramic spark plug or a center punch used by carpenters. They would have a car waiting and planned to go to a non-extradition country.
Hynson and Williams are now charged, along with Sara Lombardo and Jameela Rozier, with conspiracy to commit escape and related crimes. The male inmates are now in restricted housing.