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Ala. CO faces felony over smuggling contraband into jail

Officials said the CO had been involved in a relationship with the inmate since November 2019

By John Sharp

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. — A Russell County corrections officer was arrested last Friday night for allegedly smuggling contraband into the jail for one of the inmates, Sheriff Heath Taylor said to local TV news outlets.

Arrested was 39-year-old Alicia Laury. She faces a charge of promoting prison contraband in the second degree, a Class C felony which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Taylor said that Laury, a corrections officer since January 2019, had been involved in a relationship with the inmate since November 2019, according to a report from WRBL-TV in Columbus, Georgia.

The sheriff said that Laury brought contraband into the jail on two separate occasions – once she brought in a couple of cellphones and on another occasion, she was suspected of bringing marijuana and tobacco with rolling papers, the TV station reported. Taylor said the marijuana, an illegal narcotic in Alabama, elevated the charges to a felony status, the TV station reported.

Laury was booked at the Russell County jail and then transported to the Lee County jail where is currently being held without bond, according to the TV station. The Lee County jail did not have any information about Laury’s status on Saturday.


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