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CONTRABAND ARRESTS

The introduction of contraband into state prisons is a serious violation of state law and will not be tolerated by the Tennessee Department of Correction. Visiting offenders in state prisons is a privilege. Visitors who abuse this privilege by bringing or attempting to bring contraband inside our facilities will be prosecuted. Employees discovered introducing contraband into state prisons face termination and criminal prosecution for violating the laws they have sworn to uphold.

 

Letter from Commissioner Schofield dated May 24, 2013


The following is a list of contraband arrests in February, 2015:

February 25, 2015

Whiteville Correctional Facility Correctional Officer Tekelia Smith was arrested by the Whiteville Police Department and charged with possession of 1.29 oz. marijuana and 20 packs of suboxone.

February 22, 2015

West Tennessee State Penitentiary visitor John Riley was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations & Compliance and the Lauderdale County Justice Center and charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility and possession of schedule VI drugs w/intent to deliver (marijuana.)

February 22, 2015

West Tennessee State Penitentiary visitor Kierra Gross was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations & Compliance and the Lauderdale County Justice Center and charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility, possession of schedule VI drugs w/intent to deliver (1.1 oz. marijuana, cell phone and charger.)

February 11, 2015

Turney Center Industrial Complex visitor Karen Duncan was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations & Compliance and the Wayne County Sheriff's Department and charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility (suboxone strips were received by mail.)

Additional Arrests