Arkansas of­fi­cer ar­rested for smug­gling drugs into jail

El Dorado News-Times - - News -

PINE BLUFF (AP) — An Arkansas cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer has been ac­cused of smug­gling drugs into a county jail.

The Jef­fer­son County Sher­iff's Of­fice says 36-year-old cor­rec­tions of­fi­cer Lec­ora Rene Hawkins was ar­rested on Fri­day. Records at the W.C. "Dub" Bras­sell Adult De­ten­tion Cen­ter in­di­cate she is ac­cused of fur­nish­ing pro­hib­ited ar­ti­cles and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance at a cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity.

The sher­iff's of­fice says Hawkins' ar­rest fol­lowed an un­der­cover in­ves­ti­ga­tion within the de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity and that more ar­rests are pos­si­ble.

Sher­iff Lafayette Woods Jr. says bring­ing con­tra­band into the de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity threat­ens the safety and se­cu­rity of the fa­cil­ity as well as of­fi­cers and de­tainees and that of­fi­cials will pur­sue the max­i­mum penalty for any­one who vi­o­lates jail poli­cies con­cern­ing con­tra­band.

If con­victed, Hawkins faces be­tween 5 and 20 years in state prison.

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