A former state correction officer in Nashville has been indicted on charges stemming from 2009 when he allegedly accepted $200 to smuggle marijuana to an inmate.
A Davidson County grand jury last week indicted Kenneth T. Ward, a former state correction officer, on charges of official misconduct, drug possession and conspiring to introduce contraband into a prison facility.
Ward, 24, is to be arraigned on the charges on June 1.
On Sept. 16, 2009, at an arranged meeting on Charlotte Avenue, Ward allegedly received 1 ounce of marijuana from someone who turned out to be an undercover agent working with the Internal Affairs Division of the Tennessee Department of Correction.
According to the agent’s affidavit, Ward accepted $200 as payment for delivering the marijuana to an inmate.
Ward worked at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution at the time, but TDOC spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said he was fired for “gross misconduct” on Oct. 10, 2009.