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Contraband Arrests

The introduction of contraband continues to be a problem in prison systems across the country.  The Tennessee Department of Correction works tirelessly to intercept and recover all forms of contraband in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.  The Tennessee Department of Correction’s Office of Investigations and Conduct (OIC) is supported by the District Attorney’s Offices and United States Attorney’s Offices to aggressively prosecute these cases. OIC has assisted in the successful prosecution of visitors, volunteers, inmates, co-conspirators, and former employees.

In 2017, Commissioner Tony C. Parker committed to keeping contraband out of Tennessee correctional facilities by unveiling the Honor the Oath program.  Honor the Oath encourages correctional officers to not risk their reputation, their livelihood, their family, or their freedom by violating the oath they swore to uphold.  The program supports the hundreds of valuable employees across the state who assist in identifying those who choose to tarnish the badge by introducing contraband into our facilities.

The introduction of contraband into correctional facilities is a serious violation of state law and is not tolerated by the Tennessee Department of Correction.  Anyone who has information related to the introduction of contraband is encouraged to call our 24-hour tip line at 1-800-TDC-FIND (1-800-832-3463).  Our goal is to identify anyone who provides, assists, or transports contraband that is introduced into our prison.  As we identity these suspects, our agents will prosecute, in state and federal courts, anyone involved in or conspiring to exploit our prisons.  TDOC will uphold its mission to operate safe and secure prisons and provide effective community supervision in order to enhance public safety.

NEWS RELEASE - TDOC Special Agents Make Arrests In Contraband Cases

NEWS RELEASE - TDOC Special Agents Make Arrests In Contraband Cases

NEWS RELEASE - Visitor Arrested At West Tennessee State Penitentiary

NEWS RELEASE - Inmate In Possession Of A Cell Phone May Now Be Charged With Felony

NEWS RELEASE - Former NECX Employee Convicted

NEWS RELEASE - Two Arrested After Collaborative Investigation At MCCX

NEWS RELEASE - Contraband Arrest At TCIX

NEWS RELEASE - Contraband Arrest At RMSI

NEWS RELEASE - Contraband Arrest At West Tennessee State Penitentiary

NEWS RELEASE - Citizen Arrested At West Tennessee State Penitentiary

NEWS RELEASE - Contraband Arrest At West Tennessee State Penitentiary

NEWS RELEASE - TDOC Makes Contraband Interdiction Arrest

NEWS RELEASE - TDOC Makes Contraband Interdiction Arrests

NEWS RELEASE - TDOC Makes Contraband Interdiction Arrests

NEWS RELEASE - TDOC Makes Contraband Interdiction Arrests

NEWS RELEASE - TDOC to Take Part in FCC Meeting on Contraband

NEWS RELEASE - TDOC Applauds Letter of Congressional Support

NEWS RELEASE - TDOC Announces Joint Operation Targeting Contraband

NEWS RELEASE - TDOC to Hold Joint News Conference

NEWS RELEASE - Prison Contraband Interdiction Strategy Yields Multiple Arrests

NEWS RELEASE - Contrand Intercepted at TCIX

NEWS RELEASE - TDOC Staff Intercepts Contraband

January 2, 2022 - Morgan County Correctional Complex visitor Kerria Webb was arrested by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility and manufacture & delivery of schedule I.

January 2, 2022 - Morgan County Correctional Complex visitor Misty Shinlever was arrested by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility, manufacture and deliver of schedule I, and manufacture and deliver of schedule II.

December 29, 2021 - West Tennessee State Penitentiary TRICOR employee Latonda Foster was by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (cell phone).

December 5, 2021 - Women's Therapeutic Residential Center visitor Tabatha Beardon was arrested by TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for introduction of contraband into a penal facility, felony possession of schedule I drugs, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia (methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia).

December 2, 2021 - During an operation conducted by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct and the result of Bledsoe County Grand Jury indictments, civilians Betty Jo Poe, Rocky Renfro, and Amber Lawson were apprehended and booked into the Bledsoe County Jail for introduction of contraband into a penal facility and conspiracy.

November 24, 2021 - During a quarterly vehicle search at South Central Correctional Facility, citizen Timothy Pearcy was arrested by the Clifton Police Department for felony possession of meth w/intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II, possession schedule VI w/intent to resell, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

October 24, 2021 - Bledsoe County Correctional Complex visitor Bridget Moore was arrested for introduction of contraband into a penal facility and transported to the Bledsoe County Detention Center (suboxone strips).

October 16, 2021 - Northwest Correctional Complex visitor Jennifer Helms was arrested by the Tiptonville Police Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (syringes, pills, marijuana and methamphetamines).

October 9, 2021 - Women's Therapeutic Residential Center visitor Richard Henley was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for possession of schedule I drugs w/intent to deliver and introduction of contraband into a penal facility (methamphetamine).

September 14, 2021 - Dtairyus Warren was arrested at the Turney Center Industrial Complex by the Hickman County Sheriff's Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (marijuana).

September 12, 2021 - Northwest Correctional Complex visitor Tanisha Wilkes was arrested by the Tiptonville Police Department for simple possession of marijuana during a routine vehicle search.

September 12, 2021 - Northwest Correctional Complex visitor Shalonda Peak was arrested by the Tiptonville Police Department during a routine vehicle search for possession with intent to distribute.

September 12, 2021 - Northwest Correctional Complex visitor Aveline Turner was arrested by the Tiptonville Police Department during a routine vehicle search for introduction of contraband.

September 4, 2021 - West Tennessee State Penitentiary visitor Elizabeth Henderson was arrested for introduction of contraband into a penal facility, possession of schedule II, and possession of schedule VI.

August 29, 2021 - Morgan County Correctional Complex visitor Kambria Thomas was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (package containing 2.05 oz. methamphetamines and .95 oz. marijuana).

August 29, 2021 - Hardeman County Correctional Facility Correctional Officer Santarius Smith was arrested by the Whiteville Police Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (5 cigars and one phone charger).

August 8, 2021 - Whiteville Correctional Facility visitor Briana Jackson was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (100 30mg oxycodone tablets).

July 29, 2021 - Citizens Brittany Cooper, Normarie Nazario, Charjuan Hayes, and Jessica White were arrested by the Bledsoe County Sheriff's Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex.

June 26, 2021 - During a quarterly vehicle search at the Northwest Correctional Complex, visitor Ramona Hudson was arrested by the Tiptonville Police Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (36 grams marijuana, 37 grams cocaine, and 93 grams of tobacco).

May 28, 2021 - Whiteville Correctional Facility Maintenance Clerk Birdie Herman was arrested by the Whiteville Police Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

May 15, 2021 - John Hooks and Lee Summerhour were arrested for introduction of contraband into a penal facility by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.

May 5, 2021 - Women's Therapeutic Residential Center Correctional Officer Alexandria Smith was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for introduction of contraband into a penal facility and possession of drugs.

April 18, 2021 - South Central Correctional Facility visitor Gethsmane Stewart was arrested by the Clifton Police Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

January 28, 2021 - Turney Center Industrial Complex contract employee Antonio Warlick with EDL Logistics was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for possession of controlled subsstance, possession and resale of cocaine, introduction of contraband into a penal facility, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

January 22, 2021 - Morgan County Correctional Complex Food Stewart Merenda Sue Jones was arrested by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (marijuana).

January 17, 2021 - Trousdale Turner Correctional Center Correctional Officer Joseph Blayde was arrested by the Westmoreland Police Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (schedule VI drugs), reckless driving, and DUI.

January 15, 2021 - Riverbend Maximum Security Institution Correctional Officer William Chamberland was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for introduction of contraband into a penal facility, schedule III, and schedule VI drugs.

January 10, 2021 - Hardeman County Correctional Facility Case Manager Destiny Young-Jones was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

January 10, 2021 - Hardeman County Correctional Facility Correctional Officer Perrion Capshaw was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

December 19, 2020 - DeBerry Special Needs Facility Correctional Officer Frederick Owens was arrested by TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

December 19, 2020 - DeBerry Special Needs Facility civilian/visitor Kristi Whitehead was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

December 6, 2020 - Whiteville Correctional Facility Correctional Officer Betty Harris was arrested by the Hardeman County Sheriff's Department and charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility (marijuana and tobacco).

December 2, 2020 - Hardeman County Correctional Facility Correctional Officer Teina Smith was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for possession of schedule II (methamphetamines and cocaine).

November 21, 2020 - Morgan County Correctional Complex visitor Sarah Watts was arrested by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department and charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility and manufacture/sale of a controlled substance (marijuana, suboxone strips, and cell phones).

November 18, 2020 - West Tennessee State Penitentiary contract employee Shamar Boyd was booked into the Lauderdale County Jail and charged with possession of schedule VI w/intent, possession of schedule II w/intent, and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

November 14, 2020 - Hardeman County Correctional Facility Correctional Officer Tyshunna Womack was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct and charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility (marijuana and tobacco).

November 4, 2020 - West Tennessee State Penitentiary Correctional Officer Marian Byars was arrested by TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct and charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility, possession of schedule III w/intent to distribute, and possession of schedule IV w/intent to distribute (xanax and suboxone strips).

October 29, 2020 - Hardeman County Correctional Facility Correctional Officer Porsha Jones was arrested by the Whiteville Police Department and charged with possession of marijuana and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

October 9, 2020 - West Tennessee State Penitentiary Contract Food Steward Erica Cochran was arrested by TDOC Office of Investigations and Conduct for introduction of contraband into a penal facility and possession of schedule VI drugs.  She was booked into the Lauderdale County Jail.

October 1, 2020 - Northeast Correctional Complex Correctional Officer Charle McMillan was arrested by the Johnson County Sheriff's Department and charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility and possession of methamphetamine.

September 30, 2020 - Citizen Brandon Boone was arrested and charged with carrying or possession of a weapon, drug paraphernalia, and possession of schedule VI after an investigation at the Turney Center Industrial Complex.

September 23, 2020 - After an investigation at the Morgan County Correctional Complex, citizens Bianca Tucker and Susan Deering were arrested for introduction of contraband into a penal faciity.

August 27, 2020 - After a vehicle search, citizen Cynthia Wilkins was arrested by the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary for possession of schedule II drugs, possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

August 27, 2020 - Whiteville Correctional Facility Correctional Officer Jenai Peoples was arrested by the Whiteville Police Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (schedule VI drugs).

August 10, 2020 - Probationer Jessica Frey and Citizen Felicia Terry were arrested by the Clifton Police Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility after they were discovered during a search of the state property around the annex (tobacco, marijuana and methamphetamine).

August 6, 2020 - Turney Center Industrial Complex contract employee Nartaryus Coleman was arrested by the Hickman County Sheriff's Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (marijuana).

July 31, 2020 - Whiteville Correctional Facility contract employee Anthony Crumpton was arrested by the Hardeman County Sheriff's Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (tobacco & marijuana).

July 30, 2020 - A Bledsoe County Correctional Complex investigation resulted in the arrest of citizens Laletha Hall, Theresa Ringley, Kathy Young, and Jennifer Hughes for introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

July 12, 2020 - West Tennessee State Penitentiary Correctional Officer Trayvon was arrested by the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility and possession of schedule VI drug (marijuana and tobacco).

July 9, 2020 - Trousdale Turner Correctional Center Correctional Officer Katrina Courrie was arrested by the Whiteville Police Department for possession of illegal drugs during a routine staff vehicle search (marijuana).

June 13, 2020 - Northwest Correctional Complex Food Steward Amy Diaz was arrested by the Tiptonville Police Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility and possession of schedule II controlled substance (cigarettes, lighters, methamphetamine, miscellaneous pills).

May 28, 2020 - A group of East Tennessee residents and inmates were charged after an extensive investigation into the introduction of contraband into state prisons.  Billy Nichols, Abigail Ware, and former Correctional Officer Julia Short were all charged in the operation.  Additional warrants were served on two inmates at the Morgan County Correctional Complex.

April 30, 2020 - Civilian Joseph Galarza-Medina was arrested by the Tiptonville Police Department at the Northwest Correctional Complex for possession of schedule VI w/intent to distribute (marijuana).

April 28, 2020 - Hardeman County Correctional Facility Correctional Officer Erian Thompson was issued a citation by the Whiteville Police Department (2 grams marijuana).

April 25, 2020 - Hardeman County Correctional Facility Correctional Officer Willie Jones was arrested by the Whiteville Police Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

April 17, 2020 - Trousdale Turner Correctional Center Correctional Officer Shinitara Kempt was arrested by the Trousdale County Sheriff's Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (marijuana).

March 9, 2020 - Northwest Correctional Complex visitor Patricia Cansley was arrested for simple possession during a quarterly vehicle search (marijuana).

March 9, 2020 - Northwest Correctional Complex visitor Victoria Phillips was arrested for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (marijuana).

March 9, 2020 - Northwest Correctional Complex visitor Brianna Ingram was arrested and issued a citation for simple possession (marijuana).

February 29, 2020 - Hardeman County Correctional Facility visitor Sharell Harvell was arrested by the Whiteville Police Department and charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

February 22, 2020 - Trousdale Turner Correctional Center visitor Sandra Anderson was arrested for possession of illegal drugs and introduction of contraband into a penal facility (meth, marijuana and tobacco).

February 2, 2020 - Trousdale Turner Correctional Center visitor Anna Raye Finley was arrested by the Trousdale Sheriff's Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

January 30, 2020 - Morgan County Correctional Complex former Correctional Officer Andrew Hill was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Compliance for introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

January 27, 2020 - Turney Center Industrial Complex visitor Alexus Jackson was arrested by the Hickman County Sheriff's Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (marijuana and oxycodone).

January 25, 2020 - Bledsoe County Correctional Complex visitor Paul Hanley was arrested by the TDOC Office of Investigations and Compliance and the Bledsoe County Sheriff's Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility and possession of methamphetamine.

January 25, 2020 - West Tennessee State Penitentiary visitor Sherrie Shaw was arrested by the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department for 2 counts of possession of schedule I drugs, possession of schedule II drugs, possession of schedule VI drugs and introduction of contraband into a penal facility (cocaine, heroin, marijuana and ecstasy).

January 16, 2020 - Turney Center Industrial Complex delivery driver Jeffery Cameron was arrested by the Hickman County Sheriff's Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (marijuana).

January 5, 2020 - Northwest Correctional Complex visitor Jessica Shires was arrested by the Tiptonville Police Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

January 3, 2020 - Hardeman County Correctional Center Correctional Officer Janiecia Crawford was arrested by the Whiteville Police Department for introduction of contraband into a penal facility (marijuana).