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Richard Dale Roberts.

Following the Thursday night arrest of a Colquitt County correctional officer, agencies involved in the case said more arrests are possible in the continuing investigation.

Richard Dale Roberts, 42, 10 Wiregrass Circle, was charged with violation of oath by a public officer, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, use of a cell phone to facilitate a drug transaction, and conspiracy to bring contraband across a guard line, the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office said in a Friday news release.

Roberts had worked at Colquitt County Correctional Institution since about May 1, prison Warden Billy Howell said Friday. The Georgia Department of Corrections was informed at the time the investigation began and has been working with the Moultrie-Colquitt County Drug Enforcement Team on the case.

Howell requested the probe after receiving information that Roberts allegedly was involved in furnishing contraband to inmates at the prison, the sheriff’s news release said.

Officials were not releasing details, including the amount of marijuana seized, in the case on Friday, but said that in coming days those will be provided. They also did not comment on whether others, and if so how many, were involved.

“Right now we just kicked the ant hill, I believe,” said Sgt. Rod Howell, a sheriff’s investigator.

The agency also is still examining how long the activity has been occurring, he said.

Other agencies involved in the investigation included the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, FBI Gang Task Force and Georgia State Patrol.

As of Friday Roberts had not had a bond hearing, a Colquitt County Jail employee said. He did not know whether Roberts has retained a lawyer in the case.


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