Lauderdale County corrections officer gets probation for smuggling pills in Bible

Kenneth Lawson (Photo: Lauderdale County Detention Center)

Lauderdale County authorities say one of its corrections officers is now behind bars after he smuggled pills into the detention center.

Posted: Dec 19, 2017 5:53 PM

A Lauderdale County man will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to smuggling pills in a Bible while serving as a corrections officer at the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

The district attorney's office says Kenneth Lawson agreed to a plea deal allows him to serve a split sentence which will allow him to serve only 60 months of probation despite being sentenced to 32 months in prison. As a result of the plea deal all the other charges against him were dropped.

Lawson smuggled the pills in July 2016 after only working as a corrections officer for three months.

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