Corrections officer charged with bringing contraband into jail

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CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A corrections officer at the Western Regional Jail has been arrested after passing contraband to an inmate at the jail.

Brittney Branham, 28, of Louisa, Kentucky is charged with bringing contraband into a correctional facility.

According to the criminal complaint, Branham was seen on surveillance video going into an inmate's cell. It was before her shift and was not in an area where her job required her to be.

According to the complaint, Branham was in the cell for 12 seconds before leaving and reporting to roll call.

Soon after Branham left the cell, inmates exited the cell and appeared to place items into the neighboring cell. One of the inmates could be seen reaching into his pants.

According to the complaint, correctional officers went to the pod and found contraband in the cell where the inmates were seen after Branham left.

Officers found two syringes, a crack pipe, two packs of loose tobacco, rolling papers, lighters, a pack of cigarettes, several ink pens, rubber glove finger ends and fingernail clippers.

Branham denied providing the items when confronted by jail administrators.

During an interview with police, Branham admitted she bought the pack of cigarettes and the ink pens.

Branham told police she knew an inmate in the cell from before he was incarcerated and another inmate's wife contacted her and asked her to bring the contraband into the jail.

Branham is now being held in the Western Regional Jail.

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