120 makeshift weapons, 42 cell phones, 482 gm of synthetic drugs, and 172 pills found at Easterling Correctional Facility

Alabama News

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN)– The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) announced the results of its Operation Restore Order raid at Easterling Correctional Facility in Clio, Alabama, on Tuesday, February 25. 

The ADOC found 120 makeshift weapons, 42 contraband cell phones, 482 grams of synthetic drugs, and 172 pills or suboxone strips. The operation took place over nine hours and it was the eighth conducted since early 2019.    

Following the successful Operation Restore Order raid, law enforcement agents from ADOC’s LESD also arrested two ADOC security personnel and two free-world individuals on charges related to promoting illegal contraband.  

Basic Correctional Officer Terrence Tolbert, 39, of Brewton, was arrested on charges of trafficking, promoting prison contraband, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana on February 24. The ADOC LESD agent found that Officer Tolbert has marijuana, crystal methamphetamine, weapons, electronics, and alcohol. He has now resigned his position.   

Tenishia Michelle Witherspoon, 32, of Birmingham, a Correctional Cubicle Operator (CCO), was arrested on Thursday, February 27. Witherspoon is facing unlawful possession of marijuana charges and has resigned her position with the Department. 

Jeffery Burton of Louisville, Kentucky, and Alicia Keaton of Benton, Kentucky, were arrested on Saturday, February 22, at Tutwiler Prison for Women on charges of unlawful possession of marijuana. Following their arrests, Burton and Alicia Keaton were transported to the Elmore County Jail. 

“Let this serve as a stern warning to anyone considering conspiring with inmates to introduce contraband into our facilities – you will be discovered, and you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn said.  

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