Sunday, December 4, 2022

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THE PUBLIC ASKS: Was jailer fired for bringing marijuana to work?

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QUESTION: Did a local detention officer recently lose her job after she allegedly brought some marijuana to Alamance County’s jail?

ANSWER: There may not have been smoke. But there was fire – or, rather, a firing – to provide confirmation for the story that a detention officer was caught with weed on the grounds of the county jail.

According to the office of Alamance County’s sheriff, Ayden Danielle Anderson was sacked on April 7 after she allegedly brought the contraband substance with her to work. Prior to her dismissal, the 22-year-old white female from Reidsville had worked at the detention center for roughly a month with an annual salary of $34,917.

According to Michelle Mills, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, Anderson was officially terminated for violating a county policy that forbids staff members to “possess or use any controlled substances, narcotics, hallucinogens, or prescription drugs except when prescribed by a physician or dentist.”

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Although Anderson’s alleged lapse cost her her job, it didn’t result in her instantaneous banishment from Alamance County’s jail. In fact, the former detention officer was ultimately booked on the misdemeanor charge of possessing between half an ounce and an ounce and a half of marijuana. Court records indicate that Anderson was released from custody after she signed a written promise to appear in court.

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