Guard Accused of Smuggling Drugs Into Prison - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/9/09

Guard Accused of Smuggling Drugs Into Prison

A Post prison guard faces federal charges, after authorities say he smuggled drugs into the Giles W. Dalby Correctional Facility in Post. Court papers show the investigation began in late January. That's when a special agent with the Department Of Justice says a confidential informant inside the prison alerted him to 21-year-old Gregory S. Norman.

Norman was a prison guard at the facility. The informant stated another inmate told him Norman would smuggle in drugs for money. According to the inmate, Norman had allegedly done this several times.

The informant notified authorities, and they arranged an exchange between Norman and the under-cover agent. The agent arranged to meet Norman at the McDonald's restaurant in Post on Thursday afternoon. Court papers say the agent delivered an ounce of methamphetamine, an ounce of cocaine and $1,000 in cash to Norman. The papers go onto say that when Norman allegedly agreed to deliver, the agent made the arrest.

NewsChannel 11 contacted Giles W. Dalby Correctional Facility Warden Kerry Dixon Monday afternoon. He says he and other administrators cooperated with federal authorities in the investigation for several weeks. He could not comment further on the case, but Dixon did tell us that Norman had worked at the prison since June of 2007.

A federal judge released Norman on a personal recognizance bond during his initial appearance Friday. He's scheduled to be back in court on February 23.  NewsChannel 11 also contacted Norman's attorney for comment. He did not wish to make a statement at this time.

This isn't the first time a guard at the Post facility has been accused of smuggling in illegal contraband. A judge sentenced former guard Kaushon Sharp to 12-months in prison last February.  She pleaded guilty to bribery. Sharp smuggled lipo-fat burning supplements to an inmate for $600.  Another guard, Randy Solis served six months in prison after he smuggled marijuana in for a prisoner.

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