Georgia jail employee on the run after attempting to smuggle medication to inmates, sheriff says

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A Georgia woman is on the run after trying to smuggle drugs and other contraband into a county jail where she works, authorities said Sunday.

TreQuera Lashell Ford, a 24-year-old contract doctor with the Fulton County Jail, came into her shift Saturday smelling of marijuana, Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat told FOX5 Atlanta.

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When a guard at a security checkpoint questioned Ford about the strange smell, the 24-year-old said she left something in her car and ran out of the facility, leaving her personal belongings behind, the sheriff’s office said.

TreQuera Lashell Ford, 24, is a resident of the Fulton County Jail.
(Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

In Ford’s bag, lawmakers said they found 192.8 grams of suspected marijuana, 20 grams of suspected crack cocaine, two packs of chewing tobacco, 200 Newport cigarettes and confidential medical information. Cigarettes are considered contraband in prison, a tobacco-free zone.

Ford is wanted for crossing the guard line at a prison with prohibited items, possessing cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute, obstructing a law enforcement officer, and evading a police officer.

Ford is said to be driving a black Nissan Altima.  Authorities advised the public not to contact Ford and to call 911 instead.

Ford is said to be driving a black Nissan Altima. Authorities advised the public not to contact Ford and to call 911 instead.
(Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

Labat told the station that authorities have “zero tolerance” for those trying to smuggle contraband into the prison and commended the MP for her “good instincts” in stopping Ford.

“There is an expectation and legal requirement that individuals who are contractors providing services in prison obey the law and work to maintain the safety of the facility and not endanger others,” Labat said. “If someone violates that trust and the law, we have an obligation to report them.

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Ford is said to be driving a black Nissan Altima.

Authorities warned the public not to approach the fugitive and instead to call 911 immediately.