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A correctional supervisor at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Greene County is facing criminal charges after being found with contraband.

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Lt. LaShawn Lynette Coleman, 53, is charged with possession of alcoholic beverages within a correctional facility and trafficking in controlled substance.

Coleman was arrested following a search of her personal belongings after she arrived for work Sept. 19. 20 small packs of a green leafy substance were found in an envelope.

She carried in a bag along with food and water. Six $100 bills were found when she emptied her pockets.

Also, a plastic jug containing liquid believed to be alcohol, but labeled as Clorox, was confiscated during the search.

Coleman was taken to the Greene County Jail and later received bonds totaling $60,000. She has been with the agency for a total of 26 nonconsecutive years, starting with her initial hire date in February 1993. She has been a correctional supervisor since September 2007.

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