NC prison officer charged with selling drugs to inmate

William Jacobs of Columbus County (Columbus County Sheriff's Office)

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (WECT) – William Katrell Jacobs, a correctional officer at the prison in Whiteville, resigned Saturday after being arrested that same day for reportedly bringing a synthetic cannabinoid into the prison and selling it to an inmate.

Officials with the N.C. Department of Public Safety said Jacobs, 26, was originally hired as a correctional officer July 6, 2015, and received a pay raise of $1,193 on Jan. 1, 2016.

According to the Public Information Officer for the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened the same day Jacobs was arrested. He was later released on bond.

While searching his vehicle, deputies found a weapon in Jacobs’ vehicle that was parked in the prison parking area on Prison Camp Road.

Jacobs was charged with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a synthetic cannabinoid (F), delivering a synthetic cannabinoid (F), maintaining a place for a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in prison/jail, and possession of a weapon on state property/courthouse.

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