Bowie County Correctional Officer is Arrested for Allegedly Accepting Milkshake Containing Drugs
A Bowie County Correctional Officer is behind bars and another is one is the loose for allegedly attempting to sneak pot and tobacco into the Bowie County Correctional Facility inside food and a milkshake. This act marks the second alleged attempt this week to sneak food inside the facility by a corrections officer.
According to the Bowie County Sheriff's Office, while working in the front lobby of the Bowie County Correctional Center, Correctional Officer Marquita Newton received food and a milkshake from Sheree Nicole Wright, 31, of Texarkana. The food and and shake was believed to be for 57 year-old Correctional Officer Billy Wayne Whitley of DeKalb, Texas who was working inside the facility.
Wright left the correctional center as soon as Officer Newton took possession of the food. Officer Newton searched the food and milkshake, as is standard procedure prior to anything entering the facility. It was found there was something allegedly concealed in the milkshake that was delivered by Wright. Major Eric Nelson and Lieutenant Guy Wheat were called to take possession of the milkshake and its contents.
Officer Whitley was allowed to come down to pick up his food without the milkshake, according to the sheriff's department. When Officer Whitley got back to his workstation, he called back downstairs and asked if a milkshake had been left for him also.
Officer Whitley was allowed to take possession of the milkshake while Lieutenant Wheat monitored his actions. After receiving the milkshake, Officer Whitley twice took the lid off of the cup to check its contents on the way back to his post. Lieutenant Wheat stopped Officer Whitley just prior to him returning to his duty station and took possession of the milkshake. Bowie County Deputy Danny French was called to the correctional center to take a report. Once there, he and Major Nelson found the package in the milkshake contained tobacco and marijuana, according to the sheriff's office.
Investigator Robby McCarver received the case the following day and obtained arrest warrants for Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility for Officer Whitley and Sheree Wright. Officer Whitley was arrested on April 23, 2015 and Judge Gibson Hadaway set his bond at $50,000. Wright has not been located.
Anyone with information on Wright’s whereabouts should contact Investigator McCarver at 903.798-3149 or Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.