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Correctional Officer Accused Of Attempting To Smuggle In Contraband

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SMYRNA, Del. - A Delaware correctional officer has been arrested, on accusations of attempting to smuggle contraband into a correctional facility.

Delaware State Police say on Saturday, they arrested 27-year-old Darryl West Jr., of Bridgeville, a correctional officer at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. Detectives say they were contacted by the department of Correctional Internal Affairs Investigators after they uncovered a scheme involving West and a sentenced inmate, to smuggle items into JTVCC.

According to the report, the inmate made arrangements for West to meet with an associate outside of the correctional center, to get marijuana and cell phones to bring into the facility, in exchange for $800 in cash. Police say when West met with the associate to make the exchange, during which he gave him the drugs, cell phones, and only $700.

As Police were investigating the plan, they reportedly discovered that West was supposed the smuggle the contraband into the correctional center, and leave it at a predetermined location, then a second inmate would pick it up, and deliver it to the conspiring inmate. Officials searched West's Jeep Liberty that was parked at the correction center, and reportedly found 113.3 grams of marijuana, 2 Nokia cell phones that were recently purchased and in original packaging, and $700 in cash.

West was arrested at JTVCC on Saturday, and charged with a felony county of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, a felony count of possession with intent to deliver prison contraband to person confined within detention facility, and a felony count of conspiracy 2nd degree. He is being held at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $15,000 bond.

Police say they are still continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.

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