Jailer charged in drug case

Published 7:07 am Monday, July 31, 2006

By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
Following a search by the Escambia County Jail administration staff, one person's status changed from that of employee to inmate.
Julius Ray Harris, 18 of Brewton, was arrested following a search on July 21 by jail staff. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance; possession of marijuana - second degree; promoting prison contraband - second degree; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The search was conducted after administration employees received information that contraband was being brought into the jail by staff members, Maj. Mike Murphy said.
After he was searched, officers said they also found that Harris had in his possession two packs of Bugler tobacco pouches hidden in his socks.
Harris was arrested immediately and booked into the Detention Center as an inmate Murphy said. 
Escambia County Jail Administrator Captain James Freeman also terminated Harris as a detention center employee, Murphy said.