Troup County detention officer, 3 others arrested for selling narcotics to inmates

Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 2:30 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2022 at 11:36 AM EDT
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TROUP COUNTY, Ga. (WTVM) - A Troup County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer has been arrested after he brought narcotics to inmates into the Troup County Jail for money.

23-year-old Steven Michael Crowder had been employed since January as a detention officer. Crowder is charged with the following:

  • 4 counts of violation of oath by a public officer
  • 4 counts of items prohibited for possession by inmates
  • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine

This investigation began approximately a month ago after allegations were made that Crowder was possibly bringing narcotics into the jail and being paid through a third party. After the lengthy investigation, police say Crowder was the only detention officer involved in this case.

According to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, the following individuals have been charged in relation to the investigation involving former detention officer Steven Crowder who was arrested Monday for bringing illegal items into the jail:

  • 37-year-old Reginal Saffold
    • 4 counts of items prohibited for possession by inmates
    • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
  • 37-year-old Jason Cofield
    • 2 counts of items prohibited for possession by inmates
    • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
  • 42-year-old Ruby Jean Griffin
    • 2 counts of items prohibited for possession by inmates
    • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
L-R: Staffold, Cofield, Griffin
L-R: Staffold, Cofield, Griffin(Source: Troup Co. Sheriff's Office)

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