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2 correctional officers, inmate's mother arrested

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Patricia Bennett-Armstrong (Source: MDOC) Patricia Bennett-Armstrong (Source: MDOC)
Ciarra Harley (Source: MDOC) Ciarra Harley (Source: MDOC)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Department of Corrections has announced the arrests of three people, including two correctional officers, in separate investigations this week.

Two employees at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County are facing disciplinary action and criminal charges due to alleged misconduct, according to a news release from MDOC.

Ciarra Harley, 27, of Jackson, is accused of having a sexual relationship since 2012 with a probationer under supervision in Neshoba County. Harley was arrested Thursday at the CMCF and charged with sexual activity between law enforcement personnel and prisoners. She was taken to the Hinds County Detention Center.

Harley faces a maximum of five years in prison, a maximum $5,000 fine or both if convicted.

Patricia Bennett-Armstrong, 47, of Jackson, was arrested Tuesday at CMCF after a large amount of tobacco was reportedly found in her vehicle. She was charged with possession of prohibited items by persons other than offenders.

Bennett-Armstrong was booked at the Rankin County Adult Detention Center and posted $1,000 bond. She faces no more than one-year in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.

According to the news release, the mother of an inmate at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman was arrested Sunday and charged with introduction of contraband and conspiracy to introduce contraband.

Gloria Edwards, 65, of Louisville, is accused of planning to give contraband to an inmate. Investigators say Edwards had several pills concealed on her body. Drugs, including crystal methamphetamine, were also reportedly found in her vehicle.

Edwards was arrested and taken to the Sunflower County jail in Indianola. Her bond was set at $5,000 per charge. According to MDOC, introduction of contraband into a correctional facility is punishable by three to 15 years in prison, a maximum $25,000 fine or both. Conspiracy to introduce contraband carries up to a $5,000 fine, five years imprisonment or both.

Edwards' son, 38-year-old James Edwards III, is serving seven years for cocaine possession.

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