A Jefferson County jailer is facing charges for furnishing prohibited articles and possession of controlled substance inside a correctional facility, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
The arrest of Lecora Rene Hawkins, 36, followed an ongoing undercover investigation at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center in Pine Bluff, the news release said.
JCSO officials said Hawkins was arrested and booked into the DBDC on Saturday.
If convicted, Hawkins faces a minimum sentence of five-to-20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. According to Arkansas Code Annotated A.C.A. § 5-54-119, this is as a Class B Felony.
Additional arrests and charges are looming as this investigation is ongoing, said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander Major Randy Dolphin.
“The issue of furnishing contraband into any detention or correctional facility is extremely serious," said Jefferson County Sheriff Lafayette Woods Jr.
"As a state mandate, deputy jailers who are hired are required to complete a minimum of 56 hours of jail training; however, we require each of our deputy jailers to complete 72 hrs. During that training, jailers are warned repeatedly that if they allow themselves to be coerced or conspire with anyone especially a detainee to bring contraband into our detention facilities that they will suffer the consequences of their actions.
"The issue of contraband being introduced into our detention facility is challenging and threatening not only to the safety and security of the facility but those who work and are detained there. This is all the reason why we conduct these undercover operations on a routine basis and train our staff during jail training. We will pursue charging with a maximum penalty for anyone that violate the policies or our jail without exception.”