Jailer accused of smuggling drugs into facility

HOUSTON Vonda Miller went to great lengths Thursday morning at court to avoid our camera. The scope of the investigation into her alleged actions is widening -- allegations that could cost the correctional officer her job.

Prosecutors say Miller showed no emotion as she went before a judge to hear the charge against her. The 41-year-old is accused of smuggling contraband into the Pam Lynchner State Jail, where she's been a correctional officer for almost four years.

"No comment, please," she said.

Miller had no comment about the allegations against her and at one point, used a newspaper to hide her face from our camera. The incident happened Monday during a routine search of employees and visitors. Prosecutors say Miller was caught with 1.3 ounces of marijuana, seven packages of tobacco and two packages of unidentified pills.

Assistant Harris County District Attorney Angela Weltin said, "She had those items hidden in her bra area as well has between her legs."

Miller was immediately taken into custody. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has since launched its own investigation. Authorities say while it's unclear what she intended to do with those items, those details will likely come out during the trial.

The Harris County District Attorney's office is taking these allegations very seriously.

"This should not be allowed when you have a position that she has of trust," Weltin said. "You should not violate it as she did."

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice released the following statement: "The vast majority of our correctional officers are good, hard-working people. We do have a small number who will risk their job and their freedom to smuggle contraband, and that will not be tolerated. "

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