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Shelby County jailer arrested for bringing drugs into Whiteville prison

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Shelby County jailer is behind bars after police said she brought drugs to a prison inmate at the Hardeman County Correctional Facility in Whiteville.

“It’s extremely serious," said Whiteville Police Chief Steven Stanley. "People need to realize you just can’t do this.”

Police say Toccarra Ned went to the Hardeman County Correctional Facility on Saturday to see an inmate she has an intimate relationship with who’s locked up for murder. Police said to their surprise, she passed a bag of marijuana to him during the visit.

“There are people that lose their lives because of contraband that makes it into the facility, whether it be drugs or cellphones or weapons or whatever it is," said Chief Stanley.

Prison staff said guards spotted the bag move between her and inmate Larry Strickland and they called Whiteville Police.

Even if they hadn’t seen the hand-off, authorities said chances are high they would’ve found it. The chief said every time someone comes to see an inmate, that inmate is strip searched before and after the visitation.

The report said Strickland threw the bag of leafy greens into a toilet and flushed it when he was being searched. The report also said Ned admitted she brought it in and said it was her first time doing so.

“I don’t understand that criminal mindset to do that, but I really don’t understand, especially somebody who has worked in corrections and realizes the dangers it creates for not only other inmates but the staff there.”

The arresting document said Ned told police she brought it because she feared for Strickland’s safety if she didn’t and said she loved him.

Strickland’s been behind bars since 2014 after he shot and killed a man outside a nightclub in Orange Mound. Authorities couldn’t say how he and Ned became involved, but she said they’ve had a relationship for a decade.

Ned is charged with possessing contraband in a penal institution and possessing contraband with the intent to sell. Her bond was set at 50-thousand-dollars.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said she’ll be "relieved of duty" until the investigation wraps up.