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Two Marion County correctional officers arrested, three fired for alleged smuggling

Sandreika Lewis Sandreika Lewis
Natasha Alexander Natasha Alexander
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Two Marion County correctional officers have been arrested and three more fired for allegedly smuggling contraband into the Marion County Jail.

Sheriff Berkley Hall says Natasha Alexander and Sandreika Lewis were reportedly bringing in tobacco, cell phones, and other items to supplement their income.

The jail is a smoke-free facility. Hall says more arrests are possible.

Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall said, "There's nothing worse than a dirty cop you know, and that goes for correctional officers and anybody else that swore to do a job and do it right."

He added, "They were bringing anything in from regular smoking tobacco because it's a smoke free facility to cell phones and several other items, supplementing their income."

Alexander and Lewis were arrested Wednesday morning and charged with introduction of contraband into a correctional facility.

Hall says introduction of any restricted items creates a dangerous environment for both officers and inmates. "It's dangerous for us for them to have cell phones to be able to communicate with the free world as they call it and make arrangements for delivery of drugs, or phones, even weapons."

Hall says the Marion-Walthall Correctional Facility employs a large number of workers to guard over 350 state inmates and another 150 county inmates, which creates a pipeline for profits for officers who choose the wrong side of the law, and now the wrong side of the razor wire.

"There is possibly some more arrests to come and we're looking and continuing to dig into this thing. When you have the officer that's in charge of the prisoners smuggling the stuff in then I've got a big problem with that," Hall said.

Alexander's bond has been set at $10,000. Lewis' bond has been set at $5,000. 

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