Detention Center guard arrested on drug charges He brought drugs, alcohol into jail, authorities there allege

August 01, 1996|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF

A correctional officer was charged yesterday, after a monthlong investigation of his activities, with bringing drugs and alcohol into the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Officer Jimmie Thompson, 34, was stopped by a drug-sniffing golden retriever as he attempted to enter the East Baltimore jail about 3 p.m. yesterday for his regular evening shift. Jail authorities said a search of him and his satchel revealed several large gelatin capsules filled with heroin, packets containing about 2 ounces of marijuana and an iced-tea bottle filled with rum, jail authorities said.

Thompson was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute and with bringing contraband into a correctional facility. He lives in the 900 block of N. Collington Ave. in East Baltimore and joined the correctional force in May 1995.

"The fact that we were able to detect this negative conduct and have taken corrective action should stand as a warning to other law enforcement officers that when they cross the line into the criminal environment, they will be apprehended and will pay the highest penalty," said LaMont W. Flanagan, who oversees the jail as commissioner of pretrial detention and services.

Pub Date: 8/01/96

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