HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 19-year-old prison guard from Crockett has been arrested in connection to allegations that he took a $500 bribe from an inmate's relative to smuggle synthetic marijuana into the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Eastham Unit back in May.
Latariyon Tryon was arrested and charged with second-degree felony bribery Monday.
According to the arrest affidavit, a peace officer with the Office of the Inspector General got word from an inmate at the Eastham Unit that Tryon had smuggled contraband into the prison.
On July 15, the OIG officer interviewed Tryon, and the TDCJ guard allegedly admitted that he took $500 from an inmate's family member and agreed to bring K2, or synthetic marijuana into the Eastham Unit.
Tryon told the OIG officer that after he talked to the inmate back in May, he contacted a woman by phone and agreed to meet her at the Buc-ee's store in Madisonville, the affidavit stated. After he arrived at the store, a woman allegedly handed him a package containing $500 in cash and several clear, plastic bags containing synthetic marijuana.
According to the affidavit, Tryon told the OIG officer that several days later, he took half of the plastic bags containing the K2 and wrapped them in clear plastic cellophane. Then he allegedly hid the package in his pants and brought the synthetic marijuana into the Eastham Unit, where he delivered it to the inmate.
Tryon told the OIG officer that, several weeks later, he wrapped up the rest of the K2 bags and planned to smuggle the package into the prison, the affidavit stated. However, he allegedly told the OIG officer that he changed his mind as he was driving to the Eastham Unit.
At that point, Tryon decided to hide the package with the K2 bags by a bridge guard rail located on FM 230, the affidavit stated.
An OIG lieutenant then drove to that section of FM 230 and found a package containing several clear plastic bags containing a "green leafy substance believed to be K2," the affidavit stated.