A SC prison guard was arrested after deputies found a “green plant-like substance,” the sheriff says.


A 23-year-old female employee was arrested at the Alvin S. Detention Center. Glenn on Thursday after officials found a “green plant-like substance” in her car.

Zaria Watson, a guard, was the fourth Richland County Jail employee to be arrested this month. She is one of 13 people arrested last year, according to previous reports. She was charged with providing smuggled goods Richland County Police Department Announced Friday.

Investigators began an operation at the jail shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, when a sheriff’s office K-9 “rammed” Watson’s car in the employee parking lot. An inspection of the vehicle revealed the presence of a “green plant-like substance.” The Sheriff’s Department did not specify the substance.

Officials said Watson worked at the prison through Allied Barton Security.

Watson was booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, according to the Sheriff’s Department. She was released on $20,000 bail.

several Other Richland County Jail employees They were also recently accused of misconduct.

Donisha Grady, 36, was charged Jan. 18 with inappropriate contact with an inmate while working as a corrections officer at the Alvin S. Correctional Facility. Glenn. An investigation revealed that she made 65 phone calls to an inmate between June 2023 and January 2024, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The calls were made outside business hours.

Two other officers, Amara Brown, 28, and Antiona Walker, 25, were arrested and charged with providing contraband to detainees earlier this month. Brown accused DoorDash meal delivered to a guest. Walker claims Smuggled cigarettes inside potato chip bags.

In 2023, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of nine guards at Alvin S. Glenn. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department did not respond to state inquiries about the arrests, according to previous reports.

Employment was determined to be a Big problem in the troubled prison For some time. In announcing the launch of the investigation into the prison, the US Department of Justice identified staffing as a major “concern” that led to violence and poor conditions.

Last April, Prison Director Kariman Harvey It identified the need to attract better staff in order to change the prison culture.

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