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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.