Christopher Wayne Howard

Christopher Wayne Howard

Sheriff Phil Sims and his staff have been making a strong effort for the last few months to stem the tide on contraband into the county jail.

To that end, one of the routine steps they've taken is random checks of jail employees as they enter the building. Sims said a jailer coming in the other day acted suspicious. 

"Further investigation led to his vehicle, where investigators found less than a quarter ounce of marijuana," Sims said. 

A quarter ounce of marijuana isn't a huge deal in most places. But it is when the car is parked in the parking lot of the sheriff's office and belongs to an employee. 

Christopher Wayne Howard was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Instead of going into the jail to work a shift, he was booked and made a $1,500 bond. 

"He'd started work in December and was still on his probationary period," Sims said.

He was dismissed.

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