Jefferson Co. deputy jailer Kimberly Matthews arrested after allegedly bringing contraband into detention center

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    Kimberly Matthews, 26
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    PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Authorities say a Jefferson County deputy jailer has been arrested.

    Early in March, command staff at W.C. "Dub" Brassell Jefferson County Adult Detention Center learned that contraband had been allegedly brought in by an officer at the facility. The alleged contraband was some type of food and non-prescription medicine.

    According to authorities who listened to audio surveillance, a detainee called a family member and asked them to bring food and medicine to the center and give it to a specific officer during a shift change. Authorities say video surveillance shows the actual act in progress.

    According to a press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Kimberly Matthews, 26, was then placed on administrative leave with pay while the case was being investigated.

    Charges were then filed, authorities say, and an arrest warrant was issued for Matthews with a set bond of $5,000.

    Authorities say Matthews surrendered to the detention center on March 30, where she posted bond and was released. A court date is set for May 7.

    According to authorities, Matthews worked at the facility for about a year, but she was terminated effective March 28. More charges on others related to the case are being prepared for submission to the prosecuting attorney.

    Matthews was charged with furnishing prohibited articles, a class C felony.

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