HAZARD — A man who is accused of being involved in a three day crime spree last month is facing a new charge of first-degree promoting contraband.
Derek Ryan Moore, 20, of Ligonier, Indiana, was arrested last month on armed robbery charges. He is accused of robbing two gas stations in Hazard. He is also facing a second-degree escape charge.
According to a citation, Moore had been a patient at the Hazard ARH because of self inflicted injuries and was released on Oct. 17. He was taken back to Kentucky River Regional Jail (KRRJ) after he was released, and was lodged back into the jail.
Deputy Scott Stone and another officer performed a strip search of Moore and observed “something white wrapped in clear plastic in his rectum area,” the citation says.
After retrieving the plastic bag, officers discovered a metal fork that had been broken down to form a shank, the citation says. The fork was believed to have been brought back from ARH.
According to the citation, evidence was reviewed by jail supervisors, and was also photographed.
Moore is facing one count of first-degree promoting contraband.
He is also facing second-degree escape, two counts of first-degree robbery, one count of first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle registration plate/renewal decal, 10 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer and one count of receiving stolen property $10,000 or more.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.