Former correction officer indicted on drug smuggling charges

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 7:57pm

A former state correction officer in Nashville has been indicted on charges stemming from 2009 when he allegedly accepted $200 to smuggle marijuana to an inmate.

A Davidson County grand jury last week indicted Kenneth T. Ward, a former state correction officer, on charges of official misconduct, drug possession and conspiring to introduce contraband into a prison facility.

Ward, 24, is to be arraigned on the charges on June 1.

On Sept. 16, 2009, at an arranged meeting on Charlotte Avenue, Ward allegedly received 1 ounce of marijuana from someone who turned out to be an undercover agent working with the Internal Affairs Division of the Tennessee Department of Correction.

According to the agent’s affidavit, Ward accepted $200 as payment for delivering the marijuana to an inmate.

Ward worked at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution at the time, but TDOC spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said he was fired for “gross misconduct” on Oct. 10, 2009.

2 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 5/25/11 at 9:12

In other words, he became a "former" officer because he got caught being a criminal when on the job.

He should get a harsher punishment than an "ordinary" crook. A prime example should be shown to other possible "officers" who might think about "making a little money".

By: bigbadude on 5/28/11 at 5:46

Passage Psalm 24 :

Psalm 24

1The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

2For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

3Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

4He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

5He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

7Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

8Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

9Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

10Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.