Two juveniles have been detained and additional arrests are possible after Anderson County sheriff's authorities say they found more than 2 grams of powder cocaine and other contraband outside the jail Sunday night.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, Troy Black, chief deputy for the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, said jailers were monitoring outside security cameras when they observed two individuals near the jail's dumpsters.

Jailers immediately contacted an on-site deputy who responded to the area, according to Black.

"He went around there and the deputy found two juveniles (males ages 14 and 15)," Black said. "They were detained. During a subsequent search of the area, they found a white five-gallon bucket which had two packages inside."

The bucket was situated next to the dumpster, according to Black.

One of the packages included "taped up" loose packages of tobacco, while the other contained 2.33 grams of powder cocaine; a green, leafy substance which later field tested positive for marijuana; two Xanax tablets; and one Lorcet tablet, according to Black.

The chief deputy said authorities believe the drugs and other contraband were to be picked up by a third party and "eventually be brought into the jail facility.

Black said authorities believe persons "on the outside" helped the juveniles in getting the drugs to the area of the jail. They also suspect "two or three inmates on the inside were the intended recipients" of the drugs and other contraband, he added.

"It's a very common practice for inmates to have friends and family members try to deliver contraband to pre-determined locations," Black said.

The chief deputy added that one of the detained juveniles currently has a relative incarcerated at the Anderson County Jail.

Charges against additional persons are possible in the case, Black added.

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Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com

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