Jail staff: Employee arrested then released after smuggling in contraband

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HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A Harlan County Detention Center employee was briefly behind bars last Thursday before being released on Saturday.

A vague arrest citation says DeMarcus Williams is charged promoting contraband first degree.

On September 30 the Harlan County Jailer B.J. Burkhart says he got a tip that there was a possibility that Williams was smuggling drugs into the jail.

"We watched some of the videos and we determined it could be possible," said Burkhart.

On October 3, drugs were seized from Williams and was fired from the jail, after Kentucky State Police got involved.

"You know, it's sad when it's a deputy jailer doing this, it's like family. But, it's not going to be tolerated," said B.J. Burkhart, the Harlan County Jailer.

One of the issues people in Harlan had was the low amount required to post bond, at just $1,000 cash. Williams was released shortly after his bond was posted on Saturday.

"It hurts, you know. You're raised with their family. I hate it for the family and everyone involved," said Burkhart. "But, like I said, it won't be tolerated no matter who it is."

Williams was hired at the jail back in February of this year.

Police do not know what kind of drugs Williams had. They have been sent off for further testing by KSP. This is an on-going investigation.

Williams will appear in court on Monday at 1 p.m.