Bond set for jailer accused of smuggling contraband

A jail deputy appeared in court Monday following his arrest Friday afternoon for allegedly smuggling contraband into the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center.

Christopher Curengton, 22, was taken into custody after sheriff’s investigators found tobacco and marijuana in Curengton’s vehicle which was parked on jail property. The arrest followed a two-week investigation.

Investigator Randy Jackson reported that he and Investigator Mickey Buffkin, along with Cpl. Mark Harper were called to the jail where they searched Curengton’s vehicle and found one object wrapped in plastic and a second object wrapped in duct tape behind a speaker box.

When they checked the objects, they found they contained tobacco and marijuana, and when Curengton was questioned, he denied any knowledge of the drugs.

Jackson reported that investigators questioned detainees at the facility and were told they had seen Curengton giving tobacco, marijuana and a cell phone to prisoners.

Chief Deputy Sheriff and Jail Administrator Greg Bolin said Curengton had worked for the facility for less that a year.

On Sunday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Curengton after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with furnishing prohibited articles.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Curengton and he was told to come back to court Nov. 26.