Man accused of supplying contraband in Jackson Co. Jail pleads guilty

0614 Jess Jacob RuizMedford, Oregon — A Rogue Valley man pleaded guilty to supplying contraband while in the Jackson County Jail.

21-year-old Jesse Jacob Ruiz pleaded guilty to a charge of supplying contraband in court on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say a deputy at the jail smelled marijuana and traced it to Ruiz and another inmate, who appeared to be under the influence. According to prosecutors Ruiz said, “I break rules on the outside, why not break them on the inside as well?”

Medford Police originally arrested Ruiz in September after someone saw him breaking into cars and stealing. At the time he was wanted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office accused of sexually abusing a teen, giving her marijuana, and then severely burning her with a light bulb.

In October, Ruiz took a plea deal in that case. Ruiz will spend 60 days in jail for the contraband charge.

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