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North Carolina correctional officer faces drug charges

There are a variety of different ways to work within the criminal justice system. While some people serve as prosecutors, for example, others may work as correctional officers and have little experience with the process that may send a person to prison. As a result, even those in North Carolina who work within the justice system may be unsure of how to respond if they face drug charges or other criminal accusations.

Unfortunately, a young woman who works as a correctional officer in a North Carolina women's prison now finds herself in such a legal predicament. Reports indicate that the 25-year-old woman was recently arrested while at the prison. She reportedly had drugs on her.

Specifically, reports claim that she had 85 strips of Suboxone. According to its manufacturer, the drug is obtained through a prescription and is used to treat people who are addicted to opiods; the drugs are place under the tongue. Despite her arrest, many details are unclear including whether the drugs were discovered on her that day or if her arrest was the result of a longer investigation.

The woman, who has not yet been terminated, is being held on $10,000 bond and has been ordered to stay off any property owned by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Regardless of what the reports regarding her arrest may indicate, the woman is presumed innocent unless sufficient evidence is provided to prove otherwise. In order for her to be convicted of the drug charges she faces, prosecutors must be able to prove her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt -- a standard that is often difficult to meet.

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