Rowan County detention officer accused of smuggling drugs into jail

- A Rowan County Sheriff's Office Detention Officer is facing multiple charges after authorities say he smuggled marijuana, tobacco, and lighters into jail. 

In June, the sheriff's office and SIU began investigating 32-year-old Raymond Heath Moore, who worked as a detention officer in the main facility. Moore had been hired on February 11, 2018. 

Information showed that Moore was bringing drugs, tobacco and lighters into the facility for a preset fee. After reviewing video surveillance and interviewing inmates, a search warrant was obtained on July 11, for Moore, his vehicle and his home, in Landis. 

Around 8:30 p.m., investigators executed the search warrant at the detention center, searched Moore, his vehicle and home. Evidence uncovered confirmed the suspicions that Moore was smuggling contraband into the facility and providing it to as many as four inmates. 

On at least five occasions, the contraband was marijuana. Moore also brought tobacco and lighters into the facility for inmates. Moore was immediately fired, deputies said. 

Moore has been charged with conspiracy to deliver marijuana, delivery of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and providing marijuana at the Rowan County Detention Center. Bond was set at $40,000 and Moore was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. 

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pending, deputies said. 

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