Following an internal investigation, a sergeant at Lanesboro Correctional Institution is facing charges tonight for allegedly attempting to bring drugs into the prison. The Polkton Police Department has charged Sgt. Casonja Crowder with felony conspiracy to deliver marijuana and suboxone to an inmate and felony possession of marijuana and suboxone.

"The department appreciates the local law enforcement collaboration in making this arrest for these very serious charges," Kenneth Lassiter, director of Prisons stated. "I want to commend our special operations team and management at the facility for taking action and preventing these drugs from entering the facility. We want it known that we will work with the District Attorney's Office to help ensure any staff suspected of bringing contraband into a prison will be prosecuted."

Crowder, 34, resigned her position effective immediately. She had been with the department since 2015.

The investigation into the matter is ongoing and no further information will be provided at this time.

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*Editor's note: A criminal charge is an accusation, by law, a person accused of a crime is innocent until proven in a court of law.

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