Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen announced the arrest of a prison guard.
Kennedy Eugene Patterson was employed by Corrections Corporation of America.
Investigators arrested Patterson Tuesday for Trafficking in Hydrocodone and Attempted Introduction of Contraband in a Correctional Facility.
Also arrested was Patterson’s girlfriend Latisha Lanetta Ward .
Investigators received information from a CCA staff member that Patterson was involved in smuggling contraband into the prison to inmates.
Investigators out of the Special Investigations Division were working in an undercover capacity.
Along with an informant, they were able to set up a meeting with Patterson where he agreed to smuggle several ounces of Marijuana into an inmate along with Hydrocodone for an exchange of $800.
Patterson and Ward were booked into the Bay County Jail today and will make first appearance on the charges Wednesday.