CHARLOTTE – An officer at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center has been fired for supplying contraband to an inmate, officials said.
Officials said detention officer Marc Antoine started working for the sheriff’s office in April 2021. He was fired on Wednesday evening.
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office said it has opened an investigation into the allegations against Antoine.
Officials said they viewed his actions as a violation of North Carolina’s General Statutes § 14-258.1 providing poison, controlled substances, deadly weapons, cartridges, ammunition or alcoholic beverages to inmates of charitable, mental or penal institutions or local detention centers; supply tobacco products, including vapor products; or provide cell phones to detainees or juvenile offenders.
“I am extremely disappointed with the actions and conduct of this officer,” said Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden. “Over the past few weeks, we have taken important steps, including the formation of a new specialized tactical response unit, to maintain the safety and security at the detention center and to meet the needs of our staff, to discover that many of our efforts may have been compromised. . I am always proud of the dedicated men and women who continue to hold fast to the oath they took to become a detention officer. “
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