Correctional officer arrested at women’s prison on drug-possession charge

Sequinta Shaquan Alston
Sequinta Shaquan Alston CCBI

A correctional officer at the state’s prison for women was arrested there Thursday evening on a charge of having 85 strips of the prescription drug Suboxone to distribute.

State Capitol Police, whose jurisdiction includes the prison, charged Sequinta Shaquan Alston, 25, of Melvid Court in Raleigh with possession with intent to sell or distribute a Schedule 3 drug.

Suboxone is used to treat people who have become dependent on opioids, according to its maker, Invidior Inc. The strips with the drug on them are put under the tongue.

The offense date listed on an arrest warrant was Thursday, and the charge does not indicate whether the drug came to light that day or if the charge resulted from an investigation.

Alston is a Correctional Officer II, according to the state Department of Public Safety, which runs the state’s prisons, including the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women on Bragg Street in Raleigh.

Alston was hired in January, department spokesman Gerald Higgins said.

A magistrate who set her bail at $10,000 also ordered her to stay off any Department of Public Safety property.

Higgins said that as of Friday morning, Alston was still an employee of the department. Her status was unclear.

Ron Gallagher 919-829-4572 @RPGKT