31-year-old man faces charges after search turns up the weed.
A guard with the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service didn’t fully think through his plan to smuggle weed into the correctional facility where he worked, seemingly forgetting about standard security checks that were in place.
The 31-year-old guard, who has nine years with the service, was on duty when he was found out after picking up something to eat during his shift, notes a Facebook post by from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
Steffon Deocharan was working at the Maximum Security Prison at Arouca on Feb. 20 when he left the compound at about 7:15 p.m. to get food and returned five minutes later with a food container and a 1.5 litre bottle of water.
As per protocol, prison officers searched him and scanned the food and water scanned at the security checkpoint, displaying what appeared to be foreign objects inside the food container.
It was searched and four packages of frozen marijuana weighing about 1.2 kilograms in total were found. As for the “water”, the bottle contained alcohol.
The Arouca police were called and seized both the drugs and alcohol.
Deocharan, who was arrested at the scene, has been charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and possession of prohibited goods. Inquiries by local police are continuing.
The smuggling attempt went over like a lead balloon with Facebook commenters. “You have 9 yrs service & you jeopardize all that for what,” asked one poster. “[L]ive within your means, don’t try or want to live the high life. Some people don’t have a job and living in hell. Be content with what you have. Half a loaf is better than none,” added another.
It is not the first time a correctional officer has been nabbed for drug smuggling. A prison worker in Nebraska reportedly hid weed inside a toilet paper roll, a Georgia corrections officer allegedly smuggled contraband, including cannabis and tobacco, into a facility and a Florida guard was found out trying to get marijuana, meth and other contraband to the inside.
Cannabis continues to be illegal in Trinidad and Tobago, although possessing less than 30 grams of bud has been decriminalized. Smuggling, of course, is also illegal.
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