State: Tabor City prison guard ‘appropriately reassigned’ following arrest

State: Tabor City prison guard ‘appropriately reassigned’ following arrest

TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) - State authorities say an officer at Tabor Correctional Institute (TCI) has been "appropriately reassigned" following his arrest on charges of providing controlled substances to inmates in the Robeson County jail.

The SBI arrested Raymond Foy Cummings, 27, of Pembroke in October after a grand jury handed down an indictment. District Attorney Johnson Britt asked the SBI in 2012 to investigate Cummings, who worked at the Robeson County Detention Center prior to his resignation.

Cummings was charged with:

  • One count of felony conspiracy to bring contraband into a detention facility;
  • One count of accepting bribes;
  • One count of furnishing controlled substances to inmates; and
  • Furnishing tobacco products to inmates.

Cummings, hired as a TCI correctional officer in April 2013, was reassigned pending the outcome of an internal investigation, according to a prison spokeswoman.

Cummings is one of several TCI employees charged with crimes in recent months.

In December, a federal grand jury in South Carolina indicted TCI guard David Lawrence Wallace, Jr. in connection with a plot to rob and behead a business owner in Myrtle Beach.

Tabor City police arrested Correctional Officer Sabrina Wallace in November for allegedly giving a Xanax pill to an inmate.

No TCI employees were terminated due to drug charges on or off the job since 2012, Department of Corrections Spokesman Keith Acree said last month.

"Most often when employees are caught doing this and charged, they resign," Acree wrote.

He was not able to immediately say how many employees resigned after being charged with drug offenses.

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