Jailer arrested for smokes, cell phone

Published 6:43 pm Tuesday, July 22, 2014

An Escambia County Detention Center correctional officer remains in jail after a Friday arrest for allegedly providing cell phones and tobacco to inmates.

Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said investigators arrested 21-year-old Sean Te’Andre Knight of Flomaton Friday after executing four search warrants simultaneously.



“We had received information that illegal contraband like cellphones and tobacco was being brought in by a correctional officer,” Lambert said. “Sheriff (Grover) Smith launched an internal investigation into the allegations and as a result, search warrants were served at an apartment in East Brewton, an apartment on Martin Luther King Drive in Flomaton and on Knight’s car and person. During these searches, investigators found items consistent with the allegations.”

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Lambert said Knight also admitted to owning marijuana at the Flomaton apartment.

“Knight was taken into custody and transported to another correctional facility in the state due to security reasons,” he said. “Prior to being transported, Knight resigned from his position as a C.O.”

Knight had been employed approximately six months at the ECDC, Lambert said.

Knight was given a 72-hour hearing on Monday and given a $15,000 bond on charges of promoting prison contraband I, possession of marijuana II and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As of Tuesday morning, Knight remained in custody.