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Detention Officer Goodwin Stuppard was arrested on August 9, 2022 accused of providing a cellphone and smuggling tobacco products to a inmate at the Mecklenburg County Jail in Charlotte, NC. Goodwin is a guard at the jail.

Goodwin Stuppard

Goodwin Stuppard

Authorities opened an investigation after receiving a tip alleging that Goodwin was smuggling illegal items into the jail to inmates.

During the investigation, Goodwin allegedly admitted to furnishing tobacco products as well as charging a cellular phone and giving it back to a inmate detained in the jail. 

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State law prohibits tobacco products on the premises of jails and it is a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person to give tobacco products to any person in the custody of a jail. Cellular phones are also illegal in a detention center; the law prohibits those in custody from possessing cellular phones. 

After just 6 years on the job, Goodwin was fired on August 9, 2022 and arrested.