KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said a correctional officer has been fired after he allegedly accepted a bribe to smuggle contraband into a jail facility.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said investigators learned in early December that contraband was being brought into the Jefferson County Detention Center by a correctional officer.
Investigators said that correctional officer Joshua Pounders had met an inmate’s mother and was paid to deliver contraband to him.
Pounders was fired on December 4. In March, a grand jury indicted Pounders on bribery of a public servant and official misconduct charges.
The inmate’s mother, Tammy Miles, was also charged with bribery of a public servant.
The Jefferson County sheriff’s office said both have made a bond.