Mesa County Sheriff's officials are investigating the smuggling of contraband into the local jail. According to published reports, authorities found two toothpaste tubes filled with brown paste in a package of uniforms sent from a jail–item supply company in South Carolina. Testing the paste showed it was brewer's yeast, which officials say can be used to make jailhouse hooch or a type of alcoholic beverage. Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey says an internal investigation is underway to determine who was responsible for smuggling the yeast into the jail. Hilkey says finding smuggled contraband is not unusual at the jail, but this particular type and the possible source surprised officials.
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