A Madison County detention officer was arrested Saturday and charged with trafficking methamphetamine and other narcotics into the Madison County Jail, among other charges.

Officer Derrick Watkins, a prison employee for 15 years, was identified as a suspect following an investigation by Madison County Sheriff’s Office and apprehended as he arrived at work Saturday night.

Police said they questioned Watkins, and he revealed a significant amount of tobacco, narcotics, a cell phone and multiple synthetic drugs.

Police charged Watkins with trafficking in methamphetamine, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and five counts of promoting prison contraband. He was booked in Madison County Jail but released after posting a $100,000 bond.

Additional charges are likely, according to police. 

“The safety of all those in our custody is always a paramount priority,” said Madison County Sheriff Kevin H. Turner. “It is incredibly disappointing when a trusted member of your department chooses to engage in criminal activity. But the Sheriff’s Office remains committed to doing the right thing on every occasion. We will hold one of our own fully accountable for terrible decisions.” 

To connect with the author of this story, or to comment, email will.blakely@1819news.com

Don’t miss out! Subscribe to our newsletter and get our top stories every weekday morning.