Marshall County corrections officer arrested on contraband, drug charges

Marshall County corrections officer arrested on contraband, drug charges

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A Marshall County corrections officer was arrested Saturday evening after coming on duty in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

He was immediately detained and arrested by deputies.

Zachary Jonathan Smith, 27, of Hazel Green has been charged with second-degree promoting prison contraband, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

This is the sixth jailer facing charges since the June primary.

Incoming Sheriff Phil Sims says he’s reached out to the sheriff’s office several times about working on a transition to help address the problems at the jail but as of now he says he’s gotten no response.

Sims says he is concerned about everything that has happened at the sheriff’s office since the election back in June. They’ve dealt with cellphones getting into the jail, fires, jail riots, and other problems. On top of that six jailers have been charged during that time.

Jonathan Foster, George Gass, Robert Lindsay, and Braxton Lamb were all arrested for promoting prison contraband. All four of those individuals pleaded guilty to the charges on Aug. 22. They received a 180-day suspended jail sentence, two years probation, and as a special condition of probation they cannot seek or accept employment in law enforcement.

Javon Cortez was also a jailer arrested for promoting prison contraband. His file appears to no longer be public in the state court system.

For Sims, he can only wait on the sideline and be ready when his term begins in January.

“It seems to be an ongoing problem that’s been going on for the last several months but I’ve got a plan when I come into office that we’re going to fix that. We’re going to try our best to keep that from happening. I think the plan we execute will keep that from happening,” said Sims.

Smith was employed by the Marshall County Jail just less than three months. He has since been terminated and has since posted a three thousand dollar bond.

This case remains under investigation.

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