A Harrison County Sheriff’s deputy jailer was arrested on the job Thursday night for several charges related to drugs, intoxication and theft of inmate property, jail records show.
The deputy, 49-year-old David Earl Jones, of Hallsville, was arrested for possession of controlled substance less than 28 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces, public intoxication, theft of property less than $100 and unlawful carrying of handgun by license holder.
“On June 6, at approximately 10 p.m., a jail sergeant with Harrison County Sheriff’s Office contacted HCSO Patrol Sergeant Castillo with suspicions that a deputy jailer, David Jones, may be working his shift intoxicated,” HCSO Chief Deputy Brandon Fletcher advised. “Jones had been seen making several trips to his vehicle. Sgt. Castillo arrived at the jail to make contact with Jones.
“After further investigation, Castillo found Jones to be intoxicated with an unknown substance,” Fletcher noted.
Officials said Jones admitted to have smoked CBD oil and advised he had more in his vehicle. After giving Sgt. Castillo consent to search his vehicle, the patrol sergeant found marijuana and other CBD oil inside.
“Also located were several indigent inmate packages, which are property of the jail,” Fletcher indicated.
He said a prescription pill bottle containing Clonazepam tablets, which were prescribed to an inmate, were located inside one of Jones’ pockets.
Jones was subsequently arrested and booked into the Harrison County Jail on the charges.
He was arraigned by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Judge Clarice Watkins. Bonds were set at $2,000 for the possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams; $200 for possession of drug paraphernalia; $1,500 for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces; $200 for public intoxication; $275 for theft of property less than $100; and $3,000 for unlawful carrying of handgun by license holder.
“Harrison County Sheriff’s Office holds its employees to a higher standard,” said Fletcher. “This type of behavior will not be tolerated.”
Jones was a veteran employee at the Harrison County Jail, having worked there approximately 10 years. In light of his arrest, he has been terminated, effective immediately, Fletcher said.