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Alabama corrections officer busted for smuggling drugs into jail hidden inside bible

July 27, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Alabama corrections officer busted for smuggling drugs into jail hidden inside bible

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Authorities say information received about possible drugs and contraband being brought into the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Alabama, has resulted in the arrest of a county corrections officer.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff, Rick Singleton, said on Saturday that 32-year-old Kenneth Lee Lawson has been apprehended and charged with attempting to bring illegal drugs and tobacco hidden in a Bible into the jail.

According to the Times Daily, Lawson has also been accused of attempting to commit a controlled substance crime, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, attempting to promote prison contraband, and carrying a firearm without a permit.

The sheriff said that Lawson had been employed at the detention center for three months and stated, “Instead of checking on the inmate and working in the detention center, (Lawson) is in the detention (Saturday night).”

Law enforcement officials were reportedly acting off of a tip they received earlier in the week that someone would be smuggling tobacco and drugs into the jail on Saturday.

Singleton said, “When he came to work at shift change (6 p.m.) we had officers watching him and then made the arrest after they found the drugs and contraband.”

Some reports also suggest that Lawson allegedly tried to smuggle in the prescription narcotic Suboxone.

Authorities stated that once the contraband was discovered, the suspect was charged.

The sheriff commented, “Who they were for and the motive, we just don’t know at this point. That’s two things we are still trying to determine.”

He said that smuggling contraband into jails is an issue that corrections officers have been trying to crack down on. He also stated that others have been arrested, however, this is the first corrections officer.

Singleton said, “Since (I) took office, (smuggling items) into the detention center for inmates is something we have worked hard to stop.”

“We want the public and anyone who might want to get into this profession, this is something we are not going to tolerate,” he added.

Lawson is currently being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

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