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2 Rankin Co. correctional officers arrested

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The two correctional officers have been arrested on felony possession charges after contraband items were found in each of their vehicles. The two correctional officers have been arrested on felony possession charges after contraband items were found in each of their vehicles.
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A random vehicle check at the Rankin County prison led to the arrest of two correctional officers.

Mississippi Department of Corrections reports Officer trainee Amaris Sherman, a probationary employee, and Officer Jelisa Tolible were arrested Tuesday night before the start of their shifts and taken to the Rankin County Detention Center.

The two have been arrested on felony possession charges after contraband items were found in each of their vehicles.

"Regardless if you are staff or civilians, we will not tolerate drugs or alcohol on the grounds of any Mississippi Department of Corrections' facility," Commissioner Christopher B. Epps said. "Unfortunately, some employees are not abiding by this zero tolerance, and those employees should not reflect on the MDOC staff as a whole. Most of our employees are men and women who steadfastly carry out their duties with the upmost integrity every day and might not ever get the notoriety they deserve."

Sherman is charged with felony possession of marijuana, and will be terminated. Tolible is charged with felony possession of alcohol on state property and misdemeanor possession of tobacco, and faces disciplinary action.

Both employees, 22, were hired within the last year. They are awaiting an initial court appearance.

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