Florida correctional officer faces drug charges

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Posted at 8:58 AM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 04:09:30-05

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WTXL) - A Florida Department of Corrections officer faces charges of bringing drugs into the Calhoun Correctional Institution in Blountstown.

Jesse Edward Cardwell turned himself in Friday into the Calhoun County Jail, according to a news release from the Florida Department of Corrections.

The arrest affidavit says that in March 2017 Cardwell brought synthetic cannabis into a state correctional facility and received unlawful compensation of more than $100.

An inmate said in a sworn statement that Cardwell initially provided him with tobacco products and eventually brought him synthetic cannabis for pay. The statement says the inmate's mother paid Cardwell through a Western Union account.

The synthetic cannabis was brought to a dormitory and put in a staff bathroom trash can, where the inmate retrieved it, the statement said.

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