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story.lead_photo.caption This file photo, shows a sign for the Arkansas Department of Correction's Cummins Unit prison in Varner, Ark.

A corrections sergeant at Arkansas' largest prison was arrested this week and charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into the unit, an official said.

Tia Washington of Greenville, Miss., was booked into the Jefferson County jail early Tuesday morning, according to online records. The 26-year-old was charged with furnishing a prohibited article and later released, according to the jail.

Arkansas Department of Correction spokeswoman Dina Tyler said Wednesday that Washington had been caught "coming on the shift" at the Cummins Unit with 71 grams of marijuana and 53 grams of K2, a synthetic form of the drug that has wrecked havoc on Arkansas prisons, and been linked to several deaths.

Cummins, located in Lincoln County, is a prison farm with a capacity of 1,876 inmates. Tyler said the incident was the the second instance of a guard at the prison being caught with marijuana in recent months.

Washington had worked for the Department of Correction for three years, Tyler said, and was promoted to sergeant in March. Washington was fired from her job following the arrest.

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  • jiminyc56
    August 21, 2019 at 12:03 p.m.

    This was her "side" hustle.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    August 21, 2019 at 12:22 p.m.

    53 grams of jwh/k2?
    This PERSON IS responsible for making that prison VERY UNSAFE.
    FOR EVERYONE.
    She needs to be tied to manslaughter charges.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    August 21, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.

    I TRUST the Inter-state drug trafficker who happens to be partially shielded by the ADOC
    WILL be INDICTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES.....
    PER PROPER PROCEDURE AND HIERARCHY OF THREAT AND AUTHORITY,
    YOU KNOW, TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE GETS THEIR FAIR LICKS...

  • crasher1
    August 21, 2019 at 12:55 p.m.

    Don't judge all of ADC by this loser. Most new officers work paycheck to paycheck. They volunteer for as much overtime as they can get to supplement their income. Inmates play games 24/7. Weak officers get played. Strong officers don't. Just the way it is.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    August 21, 2019 at 1:08 p.m.

    Of course not, if they were all doing it, they wouldnt get away with it.
    She still needs to have her balls nailed to the wall of the bank for her blatant contempt of higher powers.

  • titleist10
    August 21, 2019 at 1:14 p.m.

    Put her a— in for 15 years she prob will be put on probation

  • ZeebronZ
    August 21, 2019 at 1:28 p.m.

    3 years, a sergeant? That's pretty fast rank. She must have had connections and got them POed. No telling how long this has been going on. That's another good cop. So, that wasn't enough drugs to justify trafficking or possession for delivery?

  • eaglescout
    August 21, 2019 at 3:34 p.m.

    JiminyC56, do you mean her "inside" hustle? So what are the charges for a guard doing something like this? Should they be upgraded due to her position of influence? They will not stop this until they make the consequences severe. People who violate a position of trust or power are the lowest of the low...They report that when the other guard doing the search said "look, drugs, look drugs" she asked why he said it twice. He replied, "I didn't, it was an echo". (My apologies to the late Jay Hickman)

  • Cockeyedview
    August 21, 2019 at 7:55 p.m.

    My bet is this POS is not the only one. I do wonder how a persons smokes marijuana in a prison without someone smelling it. Sooner or later they’ve got to figure out that it’s not a polecat stinking up the place.

  • rosj2002
    August 21, 2019 at 8:50 p.m.

    So why don't they find a better paying job? No skills? No brains?
    Still no excuse for resorting to illegal activity no matter what.
    Human beings are disgusting creatures. We're our own worst enemies.
    Tia Washington from Miss. Aint that a kick right in the ole south's pants.
    Didn't see a mug shot in the article. Wonder why? Is Tia a person of color?
    I've just got to quit assuming things right?

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