Published: Friday, February 25, 2011
Former guard accused of bringing drugs into jail has been releasedBy Jenny Arnold firstname.lastname@example.org
The former jail guard fired Thursday after deputies said they found drugs in his possession has been released from jail.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office charged former jail officer Thomas Douglas Brown, 42, of 128 Woodland Ave., with possession of prescription drugs without a prescription and carrying contraband into the jail on Thursday.
During a hearing Thursday night, a judge set bond for Brown at $12,500. He was slated to have a bond hearing at 8 p.m., and according to jail records, was released about 40 minutes later.
Brown had worked at the detention center since Oct. 27, 2007. He was fired Thursday, Sheriff Chuck Wright said.
According to an incident report, county narcotics officers received information that Brown was providing illegal contraband to inmates at the jail. Investigators said they found him possession of pills that he did not have a prescription for as he came to work Thursday.
According to authorities, officers searched his home, and Brown turned over a bag of marijuana to them. Wright said it is not known if Brown actually provided drugs to inmates.