Lauderdale corrections officer accused of trying to bring drugs into jail

Lauderdale corrections officer accused of trying to bring drugs into jail

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A newly hired Lauderdale County corrections officer is in trouble for allegedly trying to bring drugs into the jail on Saturday.

Lauderdale County Detention Center Director Jason Butler said they were tipped off that officer Kenneth Lee Lawson was bringing in contraband, including tobacco and other drugs. He said the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force  searched Lawson's vehicle when he showed up for his 6 p.m. shift, finding the drugs and a pistol.

"They discovered he had contraband in his possession. Suboxone strips hidden in a small Bible,"  Butler said.

Lawson is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, attempting to commit a controlled substance crime, and attempting to promote prison contraband. He was also fired from his job, for which he was still on his three-month probationary period.

Butler said keeping people from the outside from getting drugs to the inmates is difficult enough without someone on the inside breaking their trust. Multiple law enforcement agencies have reported increases on Suboxone being smuggled into jails.

"It's bad when you can't trust someone that you're trusting to be in a secure area. contraband coming in through corrections officers is a major problem in this line of work," Butler said.

 Lawson is free on a $6,000 bond.

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