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Deputies: Guard smuggled drugs into Nash prison

Posted on April 26, 2021

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Chaka Kwesi Johnson of Wilson has served as a guard at Nash Correctional Institution on U.S. 264 Alternate outside Nashville for three years.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise

Chaka Kwesi Johnson of Wilson has served as a guard at Nash Correctional Institution on U.S. 264 Alternate outside Nashville for three years.

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NASHVILLE — A prison guard from Wilson is accused of smuggling drugs into the Nash County prison where he worked.

Nash County sheriff’s deputies charged 36-year-old Chaka Kwesi Johnson of Carrol Street with possession of a controlled substance on prison premises, which is a felony.

Johnson is accused in warrants of having suboxone. The drug is a partial opioid that delivers diminished doses to a patient addicted to stronger opioids, according to American Addiction Centers, a nationwide rehabilitation and treatment provider.

Johnson has served as a guard at Nash Correctional Institution on U.S. 264 Alternate outside Nashville for three years.

“I have nothing to say. I really don’t,” Johnson said when reached by phone Monday afternoon.

Johnson resigned on Monday, said John Bull, spokesman for the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Prisons, which is conducting an internal investigation.

“The Department of Public Safety has zero tolerance for any staff involved in any illegal activity,” Bull said. “The department has many hardworking correctional professionals, and it takes staff arrests very seriously.”

Deputies arrested Johnson on Friday. He received a $3,500 bond from a magistrate who based the decision on Johnson’s failure to apprear in two prior court cases for traffic violations, according to Johnson’s arrest warrant and accompanying documents.

Johnson has a May 21 court date on a Johnston County charge of driving on a revoked license, according to the N.C. Criminal Court Calendar.

Johnson received a speeding ticket in September that was dismissed with a warning in February, along with a citation for failure to reduce speed and colliding with another vehicle. Prosecutors also dismissed that case in February, according to documents on file at the Nash County Courthouse.

Johnson received a 2017 speeding ticket in Nash County. He paid for the ticket and fine.

The state hired Johnson to work at the Nash prison in April 2018. 

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