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Drug charges filed against former detention officer

A former officer at a North Carolina detention center is accused of smuggling drugs into the facility where he once worked. Among the drug charges he faces is at least one count of conspiring to deliver marijuana. He was fired as soon as the allegations came to light.

The man was hired in Feb. 2018, and officials launched an investigation into the officer's behavior in June. It is not clear if they were tipped off to the possibility that the 32-year-old man's alleged behavior or if something else raised their suspicions. The investigation continued until early July, when officials conducted a search of the detention center as well as the officer's vehicle and home.

According to reports, authorities believe that the man brought drugs -- particularly marijuana -- to at least four inmates on approximately five different occasions. He also allegedly snuck tobacco products and lighters into the facility, which he also distributed to some of the inmates. Officials did not say how long they believe this behavior might have lasted.

The consequences of a criminal conviction often extend beyond jail time and fines. Criminal records can follow people around for years to come, potentially impacting their employability or their ability to apply for certain educational opportunities. For most North Carolina defendants, minimizing the potential impact of drug charges is a priority. In most cases, individuals can achieve this by either fighting the charges throughout the entirety of trial court proceedings or negotiating a plea deal with the prosecution in exchange for lesser charges and/or favorable sentencing considerations.

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