MS correction officer arrested after contraband seized

MS correction officer arrested after contraband seized

A four-year correction officer has been placed on unpaid suspension after being accused of trying to bring contraband into the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

Kimberly Diana Scott, 35, was arrested Sunday and taken to the Rankin County Jail after being caught with a concealed cellphone, marijuana and spice during a regular search, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Scott, of Pickens, is charged under the state law that prohibits the sale, possession or use of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, according to an MDOC news release.

"Operation Zero Tolerance will always be in effect under my administration," Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said in the news release. "This is a reminder that anyone coming on prison grounds – whether that person is an employee, a visitor or a vendor, the person will be searched. If contraband is found on the person, the person will be arrested and taken to jail."

If convicted, Scott faces a maximum $25,000 fine, from three to seven years in prison and no eligibility for probation, parole, suspension of sentence, earned time or any other reduction sentence.

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