LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Pulaski County jail deputy has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs, tobacco, candy and money to inmates.
The deputy faces charges of using a communication device to facilitate crimes, criminal attempt to furnish prohibited articles that include marijuana and methamphetamines, furnishing prohibited articles, and unauthorized use of another’s property. He was being held in protective custody on an $85,000 bond Friday pending a hearing before a judge.
The arrest marks the third Pulaski County jailer arrested in a month.
A sheriff’s report said other jailers intercepted a phone call Thursday between an inmate, Wesley Wooley III, and his father, Wesley Wooley, Jr., indicating that contraband would be left in the deputy’s vehicle in the jail’s parking lot. Investigators monitored the parking lot and saw the father deposit a package in the car.
The older Wooley was arrested. A second car arrived and a woman deposited a second package in the deputy’s car, authorities said. The woman, Lisa Gray, was then arrested.
The older Wooley was charged with furnishing prohibited articles and released on bond. Gray was charged with furnishing prohibited articles, possession of marijuana and methamphetamines with the purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, and was released on bond.
Inmate Wooley, who is awaiting trial on a capital murder charge, is now also charged with criminal attempt to possess prohibited articles and the use of a communication device to facilitate crimes.
Sheriff’s officers stopped the deputy after he retrieved one package containing money, candy and tobacco. A second package containing hidden marijuana and meth was also recovered.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Captain Carl Minden said the deputy worked for the department for less than a year and resigned Thursday.
Former sheriff’s deputy Robert Phillips was charged on April 16 with two counts of abuse of power for allowing inmates to beat another inmate. Former deputy Damon Tate was arrested on March 28 and charged with furnishing prohibited items and possession of a controlled substance in a plan to smuggle pills and other items to inmates.
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