Crime & Courts

Officer charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into prison

The gatehouse at Brown Creek Correctional Institution in Polkton
The gatehouse at Brown Creek Correctional Institution in Polkton

An officer at Brown Creek Correctional Institution was charged Monday with trying to smuggle drugs into the prison.

Travis Terez Hubbard, 32, of Wingate, was caught with more than two ounces of marijuana and 18 strips of suboxone, a narcotic used to treat heroin addicts, according to Polkton Police Chief Matthew Norris.

Hubbard could not pass a security screening as he reported to work early Monday, so prison supervisors called police, Norris said.

But when police arrived around 6:45 a.m., Hubbard ran from the prison’s administrative building to his car and tried to drive off, the chief said. Police stopped Hubbard before he could leave the parking lot, Norris said, and found marijuana inside his car.

Police also found suboxone and more marijuana near the spot where Hubbard’s car had been parked, according to the Richmond County Daily Journal.

Hubbard has been charged with two counts of attempting to provide inmates with a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver both marijuana and a Schedule III controlled substance.

Located in Anson County, about 45 miles southeast of Charlotte, Brown Creek is a medium security prison that houses more than 1,000 inmates. Hubbard told police he had worked as an officer there for about two and a half years.

Alexander: aalexander@charlotteobserver.com; @amesalex

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