News Staff Report
Alabama Department of Corrections agents arrested a Fountain Correctional Facility correctional officer last week after a joint law enforcement investigation into drug trafficking.
ADOC officials reported that 50-year-old Wiggins Washington, a 12-year veteran correctional officer who has been assigned to Fountain for the last several years, was arrested at a Bay Minette business on April 22.
Washington, who has been an Alabama correctional officer since October 2007, was charged with conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamine. He also faces federal weapons charges for being in possession of a firearm at the time of his arrest.
Washington was taken into custody by agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations Task Force, U.S. Marshals Service, ADOC Investigations and Intelligence Division, ALEA and Bay Minette Police Department.
He did not immediately resign, but ADOC officials said administrative disciplinary actions are pending against him.
Just two days prior to Washington’s arrest, 25-year-old Darryl Jerome Bradley of Millbrook, a correctional officer at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, was arrested for attempting to smuggle contraband into the prison.
Bradley, who had been a CO for about 15 months, was charged with promoting prison contraband and unlawful possession of marijuana. Following his arrest, he resigned from his position.
State prison officials urged the public to contact the ADOC Investigations and Intelligence Division at 1-866-293-7799 with any information that might lead to the arrest of anyone attempting to introduce contraband into state prisons, or to report any criminal activity that could be taking place at any of the state prisons.
Suspicious activity may also be reported on the ADOC website at doc.alabama.gov/investigationrequest.