Shelbyville resident charged with smuggling cigarettes into reformatory

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

LA GRANGE – He told prison guards they were ankle braces.

James H. Petrey of Shelbyville is charged with promoting contraband by delivering tobacco to inmates at the Kentucky State Reformatory for $350 per pound.

But just before his arrest, Petrey, 62, was working as a teacher at the Kentucky State Reformatory and admitted to police that he had a pound of tobacco pressed, bundled and taped to each foot.

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