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Ex-prison guard faces charges for smuggling meth into jail

August 27, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina detention officer has been fired and is facing charges after state investigators say he used his position to smuggle methamphetamine to inmates at an Upstate jail.

The State Law Enforcement Division says 23-year-old Zachary Blanton worked for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office when he conspired with inmates to smuggle the drug into the county detention center. The State reports he faces charges of misconduct in office, furnishing contraband to inmates, and two counts of conspiracy.

Two other people are also charged with conspiring with Blanton to distribute methamphetamine inside the jail: 45-year-old Susan Lynn Maready, of Easley, and 33-year-old Dustin Allen Wilson, of Pickens. Warrants identify Wilson as an inmate at the jail at the time.

It was unknown if any of them have attorneys.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com