By DEUCE NIVEN
A correctional officer accused of attempting to smuggle tobacco into Columbus Correctional Institution has been arrested, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office reports.
JuJuan Lowell Lambert, 33, of Whiteville was charged Aug. 20 after a Lieutenant at the prison reported finding a bag of tobacco in Lambert’s boot during a search prior to the officer’s entry into the prison near the town of Brunswick, Sheriff Jody Greene said in a news release Thursday.
Charged with a misdemeanor of possession of tobacco in a confinement facility, Lambert was booked at the Columbus County Detention Center and released on a written promise to appear in court, jail records show.
Lambert resigned from his prison job before he was formally charged, North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins said Thursday.
Lambert was hired on May 28, 2019 in a full-time, non-permanent Correctional Officer II position at CCI, and held the same post at the time he resigned, state records show. His salary, following a raise during the summer, was $34,807.