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D.C. Jail Guard Caught in Alleged Worst Drug Smuggling Scheme

If you're going to smuggle drugs, it's best not to store them around drug-sniffing dogs. That's the kind of plan that has D.C. Jail officer Jonathan Womble now facing his own future behind bars.

On Tuesday morning, one of the jail's K-9 officers took his dog into the men's locker room, according to a statement from an FBI agent contained in a federal court filing. The dog homed in on Womble's locker, as did another dog that was brought in later.

After opening Womble's locker, officers say they discovered quite a lot of weed:

Witness One opened the defendant's locker and observed a large clear plastic ziplock bag containing a green substance. This plastic bag was recovered, and it contained six smaller plastic bags filled with a green leafy substance, each ranging in size from about the size of a golf ball to a lemon.

The bag also allegedly contained an apparently ineffective dryer sheet for covering the drug's odor and, damningly, Womble's name tag.

It's not clear from the criminal complaint whether prosecutors believe Womble was smuggling the drug for inmates or himself. Womble's been charged with introducing contraband into a prison, and was released on Wednesday.

Jail photo by Shutterstock.

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  • Typical DC BS

    At least the weed will keep the inmates calmer.

  • Anonymous

    Chairman Phil Mendelson would want clearer direction from the dog and after an authoritarian body has conducted an exhausting and independent investigation a definite opinion as to whether Officer Wombley could in even the most remote way be in any way associated with the locker, the weed, the dryer sheet, or the name tag.

  • Mendocity

    Is this the same jail that former Jim Graham COS Teddi Loza is in? The weed was in plastic, not brown paper, bags. Is that correct? Can we rule out the possibility that the Mary Jane in question was being smuggled into the jail so as to allow Loza to funnel it to Jim Graham or to hold it until such time, imminent we can hope, as Graham would have time to leisurely consume it in jail himself.

    Was it bud? Graham prefers bud as opposed to fruit in full flower, oriental if possible but any vulnerable, powerless bud in need of cash and/or housing will do.

    Was the K-9 in question licensed to carry a drug detection device? Was it of a type admissible evidentiary data could be obtained from? Was the drug detection device in good working order? Was it black? Was it wet? Was it cold?

    Mendo needs to know!

  • name

    The great thing is, per DC law, this does not actually constitute "possession" (Thanks Marion Barry, et al!).

    He will more than likely receive a paid vacation, city funded legal support and be back on the job with a promotion within a year.

  • Ward-8

    Lets face it this Undercover Convict/Correctional Officer was using his locker in the jail as a stash house until he collected past payments for the already distributed weed to his convict runners and to re-supply them. One bad thing for a jail house dealer as soon as they bust one of his runners in the cell block he worked, they will squeal on him because he forgot the part of the training when they told him a convict have nothing to lose and a chance to get a cut in his sentence by squealing on a crooked Jail Employee, but then again one deserve this for being criminally incline or what one would call stupid for not understanding the reason for those he was dealing too, who also thought they were smarter than the law, but damed,they got got caught and end up in jail. No problem when they send him to be with his drug runners, I have no doubt they will treat him with the upmost respect until they run out of grease!