Police: Corrections Officer Smuggled Drug Syringes Inside Tacos for Inmates

A Miller County corrections officer faces charges in what could be called a fast-food smuggling venture — sneaking syringes inside of tacos and marijuana under chili for prisoners.

Jordan Michael Waller, 25, had worked at the lockup for two months before trying to enter the jail with three pizzas at 3 a.m. Saturday, said Miller County Investigator Mike Liles. Twenty minutes after bringing in the pizzas, Waller brought in what appeared to be a large bag containing chili and tacos, Liles said.

A sergeant at the jail became suspicious of the late-night snacks and searched the food.

"Marijuana was inside a half-quart container, like for chili," Liles said. "He formed them into round patties, like hamburger patties, and put three big packages of marijuana under some chili."

A search also found tobacco, methamphetamine and some drug paraphernalia on Waller as well, Liles said.

"There were a couple of syringes inside tacos," Liles said. "It was very obvious that something was up this time."

Waller has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and furnishing prohibited items into a correctional facility. Miller County District Judge Wren Autrey set $100,000 bond Monday for Waller.

Miller County deputies said Waller remained in custody Tuesday, but was being held in another undisclosed jail. The public defender's office said its attorneys had yet to talk to Waller, whose next court appearance is scheduled for June 17.