County corrections officer arrested
Guard, Memphis man busted sneaking drugs into jail
After receiving a confidential tip of marijuana being smuggled into the Crittenden County jail, deputies assigned to the sheriff’s department’s internal affairs set up an undercover operation that resulted in a corrections officer being arrested along with a man from Memphis. Sheriff Mike Allen identified the correction’s officer as Torell Tyson Harris, 23, of West Memphis, and 30-year-old Julian Taylor of Memphis. Harris has been on the job less than five months. Each were charged with furnishing prohibited articles and possession of a controlled substance. The two men appeared in the West Memphis District Court for arraignment Monday morning.
Allen said after a weeklong investigation into a plan to sneak marijuana into the jail deputies arrested the pair. Investigators set up surveillance after hearing about the plan.
Taylor was seen entering a public restroom at the correction center where he allegedly placed marijuana into a trash can. He was immediately taken into custody as he left the correction center.
Minutes later Harris entered the restroom and was arrested as he was attempting to return to the jail with the marijuana in his possession.
“I would like to thank all involved in the investigation and hope this sends a strong message that this type of activity will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Sheriff Allen said.