Former Obion Co. jailer charged with smuggling marijuana into jail

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OBION COUNTY, Tenn. — A former Obion County jailer, an inmate and the inmate’s girlfriend all have been indicted on federal drug charges, accused of smuggling and distributing marijuana inside the Obion County Jail. Markia Patton, 30, Cara Bing, 34, and Shalyndrea Williams, 25, all are accused of committing the offenses from February 2015 until June 2015, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Patton, an inmate, had his girlfriend, Williams, bring marijuana into the jail, according to the release. From there, Bing, a correctional officer at the time, would smuggle the marijuana into the jail and give it to Patton, the release states. Williams allegedly dropped off drugs and tobacco for Patton in the facility’s women’s restroom on at least six occasions, according to the release. Bing allegedly was paid several hundred dollars to retrieve and deliver the smuggled marijuana to Patton.

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