Madison County detention officer arrested, accused of sneaking drugs into jail

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A detention officer was arrested, accused of sneaking drugs and other contraband into the Madison County Detention Center, Sheriff Blake Dorning said in a press release.

Jacquenette Allen, a detention officer, has been arrested and booked into the jail she’s sworn to protect. This time, she found herself behind bars, charged with promoting prison contraband in the second degree.

Detention Center Chief Steve Morrison tells WHNT that Allen had been sneaking marijuana in individual packages ready for sale, along with cigarettes and “other contraband” into the jail to give to an inmate with whom she was in a relationship. He said it is not clear how long she had been doing this, but revealed corrections staff caught her on video with the contraband.

Morrison said officers believe she was the only detention officer involved in the scheme.

Sheriff Dorning said Allen has been suspended from her duties without pay pending an administrative hearing. It has yet to be scheduled. He added that Allen’s bond has been set at $10,000.

Allen has been working as a detention officer at the Madison County Detention Center for around eighteen months, said Morrison. He added that it is important for the Sheriff’s Office to investigate things thoroughly and accurately, even if it involves one of their own.

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