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A NC detention officer smuggled weed and other drugs for inmates, officials say

Raymond Heath Moore, a former detention officer, was fired Wednesday after officials accused him of smuggling drugs into the Rowan County Detention Center and giving them to inmates.
Raymond Heath Moore, a former detention officer, was fired Wednesday after officials accused him of smuggling drugs into the Rowan County Detention Center and giving them to inmates. Rowan County Sheriff's Office

A detention officer for the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Wednesday after officials accused him of smuggling drugs into the Rowan County Detention Center.

The sheriff’s office began investigating the officer, 32-year-old Raymond Heath Moore, in June, officials said.

The investigation revealed Moore was bringing drugs, tobacco and lighters into the detention center for inmates, according to the sheriff’s office.

Officials searched Moore’s home, car and the detention center Wednesday and determined he brought drugs into the jail and gave them to at least four inmates, officials said. Moore is accused of giving marijuana to inmates on at least five occasions.

Moore was immediately fired, officials said. He was hired by the sheriff’s office in February.

He faces multiple drug charges, including conspiracy to deliver marijuana, officials said.

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