Smith Co. detention officer charged with selling contraband to inmates

Smith County Jail

POSTED: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 5:37pm

UPDATED: Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 5:08am

The Smith County Sheriff's Office announced Friday the arrest of a Smith County Detention Officer.

Following a six week investigation, Sheriff Larry Smith announced at a 2:45 p.m. press conference Officer Keenon Olison, 24, had been charged with selling contraband to inmates, a third degree felony.

"When I first ran for office, I said that the Smith County Sheriff's Office would clean its own house and that each employee will be held to a higher standard than the general public, and that's exactly what we continue to do as we have exhibited today," said Sheriff Smith.

An undercover narcotics officer was used to help gather evidence. The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Smith County District Attorney's Office assisted during the investigation.

Marijuana was found on Olison Friday morning when he was arrested at the Smith County facility.

Following the jailer's arrest, Smith County Sheriff's Office personnel searched inmate housing in both the low and medium risk facility for any drugs or contraband. Prisoners caught in possession will face additional charges.

Olison was hired onto the force back on May 20, 2012.

Sheriff Smith said Olison had disciplinary actions in his personnel file related to not following protocol and direction, but nothing criminal until now. 

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