NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. -- A former Hancock County corrections officer charged with attempting to sell painkillers illegally is free on $5,000 bond.
Julie Smith, 35, of Weirton worked as a jailer for about 13 years. She was arraigned Monday in Hancock Circuit Court by Judge Martin Gaughan. Smith pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiring to deliver drugs.
Investigators say she and two other women worked to deliver Percocet to a man in Weirton on Jan. 12.
Sheriff Mike White says Smith was immediately suspended without pay, investigated and fired several days later.
White says law enforcement officers hold themselves to a higher standard, so the incident was disappointing to his whole department.