An Alabama prison employee is under arrest for trying to smuggle drugs into a prison, authorities announced Thursday.
Curtis Andrews, the 64-year-old canteen manager – was arrested at William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore where he had worked for 27 years, said Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton.
The drugs were discovered during a patrol of the prison’s parking lot. Horton said a dog assigned to the ADOC K-9 Drug Unit indicated there were drugs in a vehicle owned by Andrews, who is from Mobile.
Authorities detained Andrews, and then found several packages wrapped in tape concealed in his clothing. Those packages contained 179 grams of synthetic marijuana and methamphetamine.
Andrews is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, promoting prison contraband, and trafficking. He resigned after his arrest and was taken to the Escambia County Jail.
Horton said Andrews had been an ADOC employee since 1990.