Corrections officer arrested after admitting to bringing drugs into jail

Published: Oct. 8, 2017 at 4:12 PM EDT
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A corrections officer at the Pike County Detention Center has been arrested on promoting contraband and drug trafficking charges.

According to Pike County Jailer Freddie Lewis, several agencies, including the U.S. Marshal Service, F.B.I., Kentucky State Police and Pikeville Police Department, worked in conjunction to conduct the investigation that led to the arrest of David L. Emmons, of Pikeville.

Lewis says the investigation began about two weeks ago due to phone calls coming from the jail.

During the investigation, a detective learned a drug drop had been made into Emmons’ car while it was parked in the parking lot of the Pike County Detention Center.

When Emmons went out to his car during a break, several law enforcement officers approached him.

According to an arrest citation, Emmons said he knew why they were there and showed the officers several bags of tobacco he had hidden in his shirt to take into the jail. Inside one of those bags, officers also found 16 orange tablets thought to be Suboxone.

Police said Emmons also had $100 in cash that was taken as evidence in reference to payment for bringing items into the jail.

According to the citation, Emmons admitted he had brought similar items into the jail on four other occasions.

Officers arrested Emmons on promoting contraband and drug trafficking charges.