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By Chris Gregory, Managing Editor

An employee at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center was arrested last week and charged with attempting to introduce contraband into the facility.

Gloria Marie Mathews, 39, of Lebanon, was arrested on Jan. 28 shortly after arriving to work, according to an arrest affidavit that was obtained by The Vidette.

Mathews allegedly went into a bathroom in the prison’s central control area and left a package wrapped in black tape in a trash can.

Photo courtesy of Trousdale County Sheriff’s Department

An investigator with the Tennessee Department of Corrections observed both camera footage from the prison and the package itself, which reportedly contained 16 sealed sandwich bags containing what was confirmed to be marijuana after field tests.

The affidavit states that 414.07 grams (approximately nine-tenths of a pound) of marijuana was found in the bags.

Mathews reportedly admitted to obtaining the marijuana from a third party and was paid $500 to bring the drugs into the facility.

CoreCivic Public Affairs Manager Rodney King issued the following statement: “On Jan. 28, 2018, Correctional Officer Gloria Mathews was observed attempting to introduce drugs into Trousdale Turner Correctional Center. Facility staff took custody of the contraband and immediately reported the incident to our partners at the Tennessee Department of Correction.  We are cooperating fully with TDOC OIC’s investigation and the arrested individual’s employment has been terminated.

“CoreCivic has a zero-tolerance policy for the introduction of contraband into our facilities and our actions in this matter reflect that.”

Mathews was booked into the Trousdale County Jail and was released on $2,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Feb. 8 at 9 a.m.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or [email protected]