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Mental health worker faces charges for attempting to smuggle drugs into prison

Jasmonique Ware’s charges include trafficking methamphetamine, unlawful possession of marijuana and promoting prison contraband.

William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Jefferson County. Google Earth
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A mental health worker for Alabama’s prison was arrested Thursday for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into William E. Donaldson correctional facility.

Jasmonique Ware’s charges include trafficking methamphetamine, unlawful possession of marijuana and promoting prison contraband in the second degree.

According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, correctional officers searched Ware, 30, Thursday and found several suspicious packages on her person. Inside those packages were five clear bags of marijuana and two clear bags of suspected methamphetamine, ADOC said.

Ware is an employee of YesCare, ADOC’s healthcare service provider. According to booking details, Ware was booked into Jefferson County at 10:08 p.m. Thursday and released on Friday at 5:32 p.m. She had a bond of $45,000.

This is the second incident in over a month where a worker was arrested in possession of drugs at the Donaldson Correctional Facility. In July, APR reported that Nina Rodgers, 60, was arrested at the Donaldson Correctional Facility on charges of bringing contraband into the prison. Rodgers was also responsible for running the commissary store at the prison.

In Rodger’s case, she was charged with drug trafficking of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana in the first degree, and promoting prison contraband in the first degree. Rodgers also had fentanyl in her possession but sources told APR the correctional officers who found the drugs on her flushed the fentanyl prior to her being taken to jail. 

Officials said the investigation into Ware is currently ongoing.

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Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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