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Former corrections officer accused of providing drugs, phones to inmate

Officials say she brought brought three cell phones, two chargers and 8 grams of meth to an inmate.

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — A former South Carolina corrections officer is accused of providing methamphetamine and contraband to an inmate in Edgefield County.

Kembria Merriweather, 24, of North Augusta, is charged with distribution of methamphetamine, providing contraband to an inmate and misconduct in office.

Officials say the Trenton Correctional Institution corrections officer brought three cell phones, two chargers and 8 grams of meth to an inmate she was starting to initiate a relationship with. Warrants allege she was paid $2,000 for two of the cellphones and was awaiting payment for the meth and third phone when she was arrested.

Merriweather was fired after her arrest, and the investigation is ongoing, according to officials with the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC).

Trenton Correctional Institution in Trenton, SC, is a medium-security prison that houses young adult offenders who are sentenced under the Youthful Offender Act (YOA), young adult offenders whose crimes do not qualify for YOA sentencing, and adult straight-time offenders.   

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