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Marshall Co. corrections officer caught with drugs while coming on duty

The officer is charged with promoting prison contraband and other charges.

Posted: Oct 9, 2018 9:07 AM
Updated: Oct 10, 2018 9:28 AM

On Saturday, a Marshall County Jail staff supervisor caught Zachary Jonathan Smith with Marijuana, Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia when he was starting his shift.

Smith is charged with promoting prison contraband in the second degree, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

The 27-year-old is from Hazel Green and had only been employed by the Marshall County Jail for less than three months. The jail fired him, and Smith has posted a $3,000 bond. The case is under investigation.

Smith's arrest marks the sixth case within the last four months where correctional officers at the Marshall County Jail were promoting prison contraband. Marshall County Commissioner James Hutcheson said he is tired of seeing this trend.

"Anytime you have county employees breaking the rules, bringing contraband, especially bringing contraband into jail is a very serious offense," Hutcheson said. 

WAAY 31 has tried reaching out to the Marshall County Jail to talk about the contraband cases along with the ongoing staffing issues, but nobody was available to answer any questions. 

"We may need to do a little more detailed background checks. This individual may have a clean record, I don't know, but it's probably something we need to look at," Hutcheson said.

The Marshall County District Attorney's Office tells WAAY 31 the case against Zachary Smith will be on the Grand Jury docket in January. 

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