Correctional officer, woman charged for bringing inmate marijuana, cigarettes

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) – According to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, on Wednesday, December 30, deputies arrested a 35-year-old Columbia woman and a 29-year-old correctional officer on charges that the woman gave marijuana and cigarettes to the officer, who later brought the contraband into the Lexington County Detention Center.

The officer was fired after he was arrested.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said deputies arrested Tawanda Katherine Williams, 35, at 1:42 a.m. on Wednesday on charges of furnishing contraband to a prisoner, furnishing drugs to a prisoner and distributing marijuana.

Deputies arrested Phillip Anthony Fields, 29, at 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday on two counts of furnishing contraband to a prisoner, two counts of furnishing drugs to a prisoner, two counts of misconduct in office by a public official and one count of possessing marijuana.

Under the sheriff’s department policy, cigarettes are considered contraband and cannot be brought into the detention center or possessed by inmates at the detention center, Metts said.

Arrest warrants allege that on Wednesday, Williams brought marijuana and cigarettes to the Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex on Gibson Road in Lexington, and put the contraband in Fields’ personal vehicle, which was parked at the complex.

Arrest warrants allege that Fields, who was on duty as a correctional officer, retrieved marijuana and cigarettes from the vehicle and brought the contraband into the detention center with the intent of giving it to an inmate at the facility.

Deputies arrested Fields when they found marijuana and cigarettes on Fields’ person after he brought the contraband into the detention center.

Under South Carolina law, furnishing contraband to a prisoner is a felony that carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison, Metts said.

Williams was being held at the county detention center on bail totaling $37,000.

Fields, who was hired as a correctional officer on July 27, was released from the detention center at 5:13 p.m. on Wednesday after posting bail totaling $37,000.

source: http://www.wistv.com/global/story.asp?s=11753495

One Response

  1. THIS HAPPEN IN BEAUMONT TX WITH JADA L JEFFERSON AND NOW I HEARD SHE IS GOING TO THE PRISON IN HAZELTON , WV TO VISIT THE AND TAKE HIM DRUGS AND SHE JUST GOTTEN OUT OF PRISON

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: