ERWIN — An employee of the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department was arrested on Friday and now faces drug-related charges for allegedly delivering drugs to inmates in the Unicoi County Jail, according to Sheriff Mike Hensley.
Faith A. Smith was arrested and charged with introducing drugs into a penal facility. Smith served as the dietitian and one of the cooks at the jail located in downtown Erwin.
Hensley said his office initiated an investigation after at least two inmates were seen to be impaired. The sheriff said an investigator questioned one of the inmates and learned Smith was providing narcotics to an inmate. The investigator also questioned a family member of one of the inmates who confessed that they had met with Smith and provided her with drugs to take into the jail, Hensley said.
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