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2 charged with smuggling drugs into prison near Abilene

Carla Sue Perry

JONES COUNTY, Texas - A correctional officer and her husband are behind bars on charges related to smuggling drugs into the French Robertson Prison Unit.

Correctional officer Carla Sue Perry, 45, and her husband Jesus Armando Perry, 42, were arrested Friday.

They're accused of smuggling K2, a type of synthetic marijuana, into the prison.

Bruce Toney, the inspector general with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said smuggling drugs into a prison is a huge security and safety risk.

"If they'll bring in drugs, what else would they bring in," Toney said. "Would they bring in a firearm or a knife or another type of deadly weapon?"

According to the search and arrest warrant, investigators believe Carla and Jesus would divide a pound of K2 into two-ounce portions at their home in Merkel. The document said Carla Perry would smuggle the drug into the prison and sell it to inmates. Court documents show at the time of the investigation the going rate for K2 was $700 an ounce.

The documents also revealed the smuggling first started in March 2014.

Investigators were tipped off in June by an inmate when he complained about being wrongfully charged with having K2.

He said the drugs belonged to his cellmate.

Investigators started monitoring phone conversations and interviewed inmates and another correctional officer. Investigators were led to Perry and her husband.

"Any time we can identify and arrest the source of the contraband going into a prison system, it's a good day," Toney said.

TDCJ said Carla Perry worked at the prison for about 19 months.

Carla Perry is being held at the Jones County Jail on bonds totaling $500,000. She's charged with first-degree felony bribery and engaging in organized criminal activity, second-degree felony bribery, and third-degree felony prohibited substance/item in a correctional facility.

Jesus Perry is being held in the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling $225,000. He's charged with second-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity, second-degree felony bribery, third-degree felony prohibited substance/item in a correctional facility, and state jail felony possession of a controlled substance.

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