Samuel Byron McCartha, a correctional officer at the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Services Center, was charged with one count of possession of schedule III narcotics according to information from the Grainger County Sheriff's Office.
According to a Grainger County Sheriff's Office jail intake report McCartha, 56, was arrested Saturday by a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper.
A THP report shows a trooper noticed McCartha
standing in front of a blue 2006 Dodge Dakota at about 11:35 p.m. along U.S. Highway 25E and observed four blue pills that appeared to be Valium in a plastic bag on the truck's front seat.
In the report, the trooper wrote McCartha
did not have a prescription for the pills and that he
had "obtained them for someone else.
was booked into the Grainger County Jail then released Sunday in lieu of $3,000 bond, a jail deputy said.
boss, Superintendant Richard L. Bean, said he
was suspended without pay Monday until his
criminal case is resolved.
McCartha was hired as a full-time correctional officer at the facility in April 2007 and his duties include interaction with juveniles, Bean said.