(WTVM) - A Muscogee County Sheriff's Office investigation into the smuggling of contraband into the Muscogee County Jail has resulted in the arrest of a sheriff's office employee.
Sheriff John T. Darr made the announcement on Thursday, July 31.
Deputy Ramon V. Williams III, 24, was taken into custody Wednesday morning at the Muscogee County Jail. Williams was arrested, advised of his Miranda rights and processed at the county jail before being transferred to the Harris County Jail.
This investigation began recently after information was given to Sheriff Darr concerning jail personnel violating MCSO policies.
Deputy Williams, who had been employed at the Sheriff's Office for approximately two years and nine months, has been charged with the following criminal charges:
1) Violation of Oath of Office - O.C.G.A. § 16-10-1
2.) Use of Communications Facility - O.C.G.A. § 16-13-32.3
3.) Giving Prisoners Articles - O.C.G.A. § 42-5-18
4.) Possession, Manufacture or Distribution of Controlled Substance - O.C.G.A. § 16-13-30
5.) Crossing Guard Lines with Drugs - O.C.G.A. § 42-5-15C
"I personally remind every new employee of the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office of the importance of making ethical and honest decisions daily in order to maintain the high standards that are required to work for the citizens of Muscogee County." Darr said.
Darr went on to say that "When a law enforcement officer chooses to step across the thin blue line that separates good from bad they must be required to explain their actions before a jury of peers just like any other citizen. I will not tolerate criminal behavior from any employee of the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office."
This investigation is ongoing according to Sheriff Darr.