On Monday afternoon, 26-year-old Sergeant Tia Washington entered the Cummins Unit to report to work. She was searched and prison staff found an object in her duty belt containing 53 grams of what is believed to be marijuana or K2. According to Arkansas State Police, she was arrested on Tuesday.

Prison authorities contacted Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division. Agents later recovered approximately 71 grams of what is believed to be marijuana or K2 hidden inside Washington’s body. According to Dina Tyler with ADC, Washington was terminated from her position.


She is charged with introduction of prohibited articles into a prison facility and possession of controlled substances for the purpose of distribution.