A guard at an Arkansas prison was arrested Wednesday after supervisors found him allegedly carrying contraband into the unit.

A guard at an Arkansas prison was arrested Wednesday after supervisors found him allegedly carrying contraband into the unit.

Jeremy Mitchell, 26, reportedly had six packages of tobacco in his socks, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court appearance Friday morning for Mitchell.

State Police Special Agent Oscar Bullard reported that Mitchell reported for work at the Tucker Maximum Security Unit and during a routine search, officers found the tobacco, and $250 in cash.

Kizer said Mitchell admitted bringing the tobacco into the prison, claiming an inmate had given him money to buy it.

Bullard reported that Mitchell claimed he had used some of the money to “buy Christmas presents,” and said this was the first time he had ever brought contraband into the facility.

In addition to the new allegation, Kizer said Mitchell has pending charges of criminal use of a prohibited weapon and possession of a defaced firearm stemming from a previous incident.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Mitchell after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with introducing prohibited articles into a correctional facility.

Mitchell told the judge he would hire his own attorney and was instructed to come back to court Feb. 10 at 9 a.m.