North Carolina prison guard busted with weed in pants

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, August 27, 2012 15:42 EDT
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A prison guard at North Carolina’s Bertie Correctional Institution was caught this week trying to smuggle marijuana into the facility inside his pants, according to local NBC News affiliate WITN.

Larry Baker was arrested and charged with possession and intent to distribute a controlled substance after police found four ounces of marijuana in his pants. They also claimed he’d stashed an additional five ounces in a nearby bathroom.

Baker is the second Bertie Correctional Institution guard to be arrested for trying to distribute marijuana in less than a year. WITN noted that police arrested a 22-year-old woman named Omni Johnson last October and charged her with attempting to distribute a pound of marijuana and cellular phones to prisoners at the facility.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in 2010 that 853,838 people were arrested on marijuana-related charges, accounting for more than half of all drug arrests in the country.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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