Female officer arrested for allegedly dealing drugs at Putnamville

Friday, July 28, 2017

PUTNAMVILLE -- A 23-year-old Putnamville Correctional Facility (PCF) officer was arrested Friday after admitting to trafficking with two offenders on multiple occasions, authorities said.

Stephany Dawson

Phone communication and emails between Staphany Dawson of Greencastle, who was using a fake Jpay account, and offenders Michael Garcia-Barrera and/or Darius Johnson was recently discovered by the Office of Investigation and Intelligence and Fernell Keith McDonald, lead investigator at Putnamville Correctional Facility.

Intel gathered suggested that Dawson was trafficking a large amount of narcotics into the prison and that she was going to attempt to bring more in this weekend, PCF officials said.

Upon arrival at the Putnamville facility Friday morning, Dawson could not pass the metal detector and was brought up to the investigation office where she was Mirandized and interviewed, prison officials reported. She admitted to the trafficking and signed consents to a vehicle and bedroom search.

Further investigation led to the discovery of a package containing 7.4 grams of white rocky substance, which field tested positive for methamphetamine, 131 grams of green leafy substance that field tested positive for synthetic marijuana and 42.3 grams of tobacco.

Dawson was transported to the Putnam County Jail and charged with dealing in methamphetamine (more than five grams) a Level 3 felony; dealing in synthetic marijuana, a Level 5 felony.

"An example of excellent teamwork," PCF Warden Brian Smith said. "Safety and security is our primary concern and preventing contraband from entering the facility is a huge part of that, but also holding those accountable for bringing it in is just as important."

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  • What an absolute dredge on society...

    -- Posted by conffool on Fri, Jul 28, 2017, at 6:42 PM
  • Total idiot. She just screwed up her life for a couple of inmates who were just using her. No sympathy for her, hope she gets a some time behind bars. It is amazing how stupid some people are.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Sat, Jul 29, 2017, at 7:45 AM
  • Here we go again some young person thinking drug's is gonna get her someplace (well it did jail )good job who know's what else going for her!!So sad what drug's do to your mindset!!

    -- Posted by sharonrose942 on Sat, Jul 29, 2017, at 9:41 AM
  • You don't know what she had going on in life to make those choices. She may be a single mom who needs money for medical treatments to save a child. Can't stand people sometimes

    -- Posted by Spazarelli on Sun, Jul 30, 2017, at 10:25 AM
  • Spazarelli,

    She was a GUARD at Putnamville which means she was an employee of the state and had health insurance. This was not some "Breaking Bad" situation she was just stupid. And even if the situation you outlined above was correct (which it isn't) that in NO WAY excuses dealing / selling drugs.

    -- Posted by hometownboy on Mon, Jul 31, 2017, at 8:00 AM
  • At any given time there are more drugs on the hill than most people would believe.

    -- Posted by donantonioelsabio on Mon, Jul 31, 2017, at 10:56 AM
  • Everybody makes mistakes in life.

    -- Posted by donantonioelsabio on Mon, Jul 31, 2017, at 5:52 PM
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