(LEX 18) — A deputy jailer is now among the inmate population after he was accused of promoting contraband.
According to the arrest citation, the deputy jailer was searched before he entered the Madison County Detention Center. Jailer Steve Tussey said that is not something that typically happens, but he would not elaborate on why Deputy Christopher Hight was searched by his supervisor Tuesday night.
The sheriff's department said that an "item" was found in Hight's pants pocket. The citation reads that Hight said the item was tobacco that was given to him. Police say that inside the tobacco, there were numerous strips of suboxone, which was wrapped in cellophane and electrical tape. Hight told investigators he picked up the item and was paid to bring it to the jail.
The deputy jailer was then arrested and brought over to the Clark County Detention Center. He is charged with promoting contraband, official misconduct, and second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.
The jailer said that pending the results of the investigation, Hight is still currently employed by the detention center.