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SC prison guard attempted to smuggle 180-proof liquor into facility, cops say

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A former South Carolina prison guard was arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle alcohol into a correctional institution, according to a statement from the state Department of Corrections.

Jacob Lenard White was stopped December 22 at Lee Correctional Institution with four water bottles of a suspicious liquid, according to his arrest warrant.

When investigators tested the substance, it tested positive for enough ethanol to be about a 179 proof liquor or higher, according to the statement.

It is unclear exactly what kind of liquor White allegedly was trying to smuggle in, but a standard bottle of Smirnoff Vodka is only 80 proof. On the other hand, a bottle of Everclear can be bottled up to a 190 proof liquor.

Lee Correctional is a maximum security prison located in Bishopville. It was home to one of the nation’s deadliest prison riots, which officials blamed on fights over contraband and territory.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.


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