Guard accused of bringing marijuana into Central Prison

From staff reportsApril 17, 2014 

— A now-former detention officer is suspected of bringing marijuana to Central Prison on Thursday, according to an arrest warrant.

State Capitol Police arrested Walter James Kearney, 22, at 7 a.m. Thursday, according to county records.

Kearney was a prison system officer until he resigned today, according to Keith Acree, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. He is accused of bringing 28 grams of marijuana, or about an ounce, into the prison at 1300 Western Blvd.

Police charged Kearney with possession of controlled substance on prison premises, a felony.

Kearney, of Pikeville, also is accused of felony conspiracy with someone named Terry Robinson to deliver the drug. Wake County arrest records show no recent arrests of anyone by that name. Kearney’s arrest warrant did not say whether Robinson was an inmate, employee or otherwise involved, and a DPS spokesman wasn’t immediately available for clarification.

The Department of Public Safety hired Kearney in January 2013, according to Acree. His salary was $30,126.

Kearney resigned his job Thursday morning, according to Acree. The former officer was held Thursday at the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $30,000 bail.

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