South Carolina

SC prison employee tried to smuggle 262 doses of ecstasy into facility, warrant says

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A South Carolina prison employee was arrested after trying to smuggle copious amounts of drugs into a Low Country facility in a paper bag, according to arrest warrants.

Steven Allen Washington, a case worker at Ridgeland Correctional Institution, was caught Wednesday with the paper bag, which contained marijuana, ecstasy, methamphetamine and cocaine, according to his warrants.

Ridgeland Correctional is a medium-security prison located in Ridgeland.

Washington was caught with the paper bag, which was used to disguise the drugs as food, on the prison grounds, according to the warrant. Upon further inspection, SCDC Police Services agents found the following amounts of drugs:

  • 1995.7 grams of marijuana
  • 262 pills of ecstasy
  • 29.7 grams of meth
  • 9.2 grams of cocaine

Washington is facing charges of manufacturing and possession of drugs with intent to distribute, trafficking in more than 100 doses of ecstasy, trafficking in more than 28 grams of meth, possession of cocaine and attempting to furnish contraband to a prisoner.

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.