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East Mississippi correctional officer charged after an attempt to smuggle marijuana into prison

Published: Jun. 1, 2022 at 7:19 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - An East Mississippi Correctional Facility officer was arrested and charged after authorities said she attempted to smuggle marijuana into the jail.

Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said EMCF found Jashati Amore Alford trying to smuggle 5 pounds of marijuana into the facility over Memorial Day weekend.

Alford has been charged with attempting to introduce contraband into a correctional facility.

“The prison has protocols on how individuals come and go there and how employees are allowed access into the buildings. And because other employees were paying attention and making sure those protocols were adhered to, her attempt to smuggle that into the prison and based on that she has been charged,” said Calhoun.

Her bond was set at $50,000.

Alford has since bonded out and the case will be presented to the next grand jury for their consideration.

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