Prison guard accused of smuggling drugs, phones into Chippewa Correctional Facility

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KINCHELOE (WJRT) (4/23/2019) - A Michigan Department of Corrections employee is charged with smuggling drugs and cell phones to prisoners.

Michigan State Police say James Thomas Parr was arrested after a four-month investigation by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team East. He is facing a total of eight charges:

-- Possession with intent to deliver heroin.
-- Conspiracy to deliver heroin.
-- Conspiracy to furnish heroin to a prisoner.
-- Delivery of suboxone.
-- Three counts of conspiracy to furnish a cell phone to a prisoner.

The 29-year-old works at the Chippewa Correctional Facility in the Upper Peninsula town of Kincheloe. The Corrections Department asked Michigan State Police to investigate whether Parr was bringing drugs and phones into the facility.

Police stopped him Friday as he was entering the prison for a scheduled shift. They served search warrants at his residence before he was arraigned on Monday.