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Correctional Officer Arrested..Furnishing Drugs & Cell Phones – LEE COUNTY

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Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division in cooperation with Arkansas Department of Correction have arrested two individuals in connection with illegal drugs and prohibited items being brought into two prisons.

Kyle E. Noel, 23, of Lee County, a Correctional Officer assigned to the East Arkansas Regional Unit at Brickeys was arrested at the prison yesterday (Wednesday, May 2nd). Noel faces multiple criminal charges stemming from allegations he possessed and introduced into the prison items such as drugs and cell phones.

Questions relating to the administrative status of Noel should be directed to the Arkansas Department of Correction, Public Information Officer.

Noel was booked into the Lee County Sheriff’s Office where local authorities released him under his own recognizance.

Tasha Hill, 24, of Little Rock, was also arrested Wednesday at the Varner Super Max Prison (Lincoln County) and charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, hashish, K2, and marijuana). Hill was also charged with one count of possessing prohibited articles (tobacco).

Hill entered the prison as a visitor. State Police booked Hill into the Jefferson County Detention Center.

There are other ongoing investigations underway by the Arkansas State Police related to illegal contraband being brought into Arkansas prisons.