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Inmates at a Kentucky Prison charged with first and second degree contraband after their "selfies" surface on social networking sites.

FOX's Meagan O'Halloran has the story.

Pictures plastered all over Instagram, Twitter and Facebook but when it comes from an unlikely place -inmates posting pictures to Facebook from behind bars.

It's not technically a selfie, but its how the Christian County jailer and his chief deputy learned the lingo after being tipped off that two inmates were facebooking from jail .

In the pictures taken from a cell phone career criminal Timothy Forte and Earl Caldwell can be seen flaunting close to $1000.

How the phone was smuggled into the Christian County Jail is still a mystery and it wasn't just used to take flashy pictures. Those who work say they have an idea where all that money came from.

All jailhouse phone calls are monitored and recorded, but the inmates allegedly were charging other inmates to use the cell phone to make calls out.

"Having had several years of practice, they're very good at what they do. It's a constant con. It's a constant game... one-up authorities or one-up the system," Christian County Jailer Brad Boyd said.

Both Forte and Caldwell were charged with contraband. Caldwell plead guilty, Forte fought the charges and won but both convicted felons are sitting in federal prison on drug charges with lengthy sentences ahead of them.

"The threat and the danger is what could have happened. We're thankful nothing did happen; but a person could use a cell phone to stage an attack, set up crimes on the street or a possible escape attempt," Boy said.

Christian County Jail staff confiscated the cell phone and are almost positive underground phone calls were made by several inmates. Luckily they've now put a stop to all of that.

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