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Agents with the Alabama Department of Corrections arrested a correctional officer on suspicion of smuggling drugs and cell phones into Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore.
Leonard Purter has resigned and was initially taken to the Elmore County Jail, said Brian Corbett, a DOC spokesman.
Purter made bond and was released from jail Tuesday, court documents show.
DOC agents arrested Purter on Sunday morning for allegedly trying to bring various pills, marijuana and cell phones into the prison.
Purter had been employed with the DOC since July 31, 2007, Corbett said.
According to documents filed in Elmore County district court, Purter is accused of possessing about eight ounces of marijuana, a total of 173 pills and 14 cell phones with batteries and chargers.
The DOC continues to investigate the incident, Corbett said.
“This is just one example of the ADOC’s diligence in trying to keep contraband out of our facilities,” he said.
Purter has an unlisted phone number, and it is unknown whether he has hired an attorney.