A jail guard is accused of bringing drugs into the facility and now faces criminal charges, authorities announced.
Steven Michael Crowder, 23, was an employee at the Troup County jail in Georgia since January, authorities said.
An investigation started about a month ago after allegations that Crowder was bringing drugs into the jail and being paid by a third party, according to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.
Police investigated and determined Crowder was the only employee involved in the case, officials said.
Crowder was charged with a host of criminal counts including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Sheriff’s deputies said that the inmates involved will also face charges once the investigation is complete.
“Every person who joins our staff, is held to a higher standard and I personally tell each of them the consequences they will face should they make the choice to bring contraband in the jail or participate in criminal behavior,” Sheriff James Woodruff said.