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Corrections Officer Allegedly Brought Drugs Into Jail

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COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. – A corrections officer in Coffee County has been arrested on several charges for allegedly delivering packages from family members to inmates that contained illegal drugs.

Susan D. Winters, 53, was charged with bribery of a public servant; manufacture, sale, or delivery of a controlled substance two counts; and official misconduct.

"You're going to be approached, but you're supposed to be unapproachable," said Sheriff Stephen Graves. "It does make the entire department sad that we have an officer that would tarnish the badge over just a little bit of money."

Investigators began looking into Winters after allegations of introducing contraband into a penal facility. She was arrested after meeting with an informant on Monday at a fast food restaurant in Coffee County. Investigators said she allegedly delivered approximately 11 grams of Marijuana and approximately one gram of cocaine for delivery into the jail.

"Susan made a bad decision," said Chad Thomison who says he became Winters' roommate roughly two months ago so they could both save money.

Thomison, also a corrections officer at the jail, also lost his job, but faces no criminal charges.

"They've known me for six-months. That's how long I've worked there so there's no reason for them not to think I wasn't part of it, but put me to a lie detector test, do what you got to do, man. I did not know," Thomison said.

A Sheriff's Office spokesman says Chad Thomison's firing was for administrative reasons, and did not have anything to do with Susan Winters' arrest.

Winters was held on $225,000 bond. Her preliminary hearing was scheduled for January 9.

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