A corrections officer who worked at a South Carolina prison has lost her job and is facing many charges after she was accused of attempting to bring several illicit substances into the maximum-security men’s prison.
33-year-old Ashley Nickole Williams was recently employed as a guard at the McCormick Correctional Institution for men in McCormick.
The woman, who lives about 25-miles away in Greenwood, reportedly showed up at the prison on October 30 while carrying personal items.
Williams was searched by the as she attempted entry to the facility, and she reportedly had plastic containers typically used for holding food in her possession.
The authorities reported that when they inspected the contents of the containers, they discovered four separately packaged items inside.
It was purported that the containers were being used to hold packages of drugs to conceal them while bringing them into the facility.
The substances were reportedly tested for identification.
It was reported that the tests showed positive results for three illicit substances; methamphetamine, marijuana, and cocaine.
On October 31, Williams was taken into custody on an arrest warrant and jailed for five drug-related offenses.
The length of her employment at the prison has not been disclosed, but Williams was terminated from her job due to the arrest stemming from the accusations.
According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Williams is expected to face charges for suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, furnishing contraband to a prisoner, and misconduct in office.
Williams currently has a court date on the calendar in early February regarding the allegations.
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