The Lebanon Correctional Institution. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Female prison worker indicted on charges of bringing drugs to inmate

Whitney K. Fields, 34, of Cincinnati is alleged to have smuggled Cathinone, the amphetamine found in Khat, a plant chewed for its narcotic effect, into the prison on June 12.

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Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Fields had a romantic relationship with an unidentified inmate.

“Prison investigators discovered that she was having a relationship with an inmate and began investigating her. Inside her locker they located five packages with suspected narcotics,” Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said in a text message.

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Ultimately, they determined that these drugs were delivered to her house by an unnamed individual, the drugs were prepackaged, and she conveyed them into the prison in her bra.”

Fields is charged with illegal conveyance of drugs onto prison grounds and aggravated possession of drugs. She is free while awaiting arraignment on Aug. 10 in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Like Fields, Erica Douglas, 26, of Franklin, worked at the prison for Aramark, the contractor providing food service to the prison, one of two on Ohio 63, west of Lebanon, according to Fornshell.

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Douglas was charged in February with sexual battery alleging she engaged in sexual conduct with an unidentified inmate. She is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 13.

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