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Former Houston County prison guard gets 60 days for smuggling drugs

Tamesha Cooper (Source: Houston County Jail) Tamesha Cooper (Source: Houston County Jail)
HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A 27-year-old former corrections officer who took $12,000 to provide synthetic marijuana to two inmates and also had sex with one of them accepted a plea bargain deal of 60 days in the county jail and 10 years of probation Monday.

Tamesha Nikea Cooper, of Crockett, appeared in a Houston County district court Monday for a plea bargain hearing. As part of her plea deal, she pleaded guilty to a felony bribery charge, according to court records.

According to the arrest affidavit, the TDCJ Inspector General investigator interviewed Cooper on June 22 as part of an investigation into the discovery of synthetic marijuana inside the secure area of the Eastham Unit. During the interview, Cooper allegedly admitted to providing synthetic marijuana to an inmate.

During the interview, Cooper told the investigator that she delivered 16 ounces of synthetic marijuana “every other weekend” from May 2014 to April 2015 and received payment via a wire service, the affidavit stated.

Later in the interview, Cooper told the investigator that she met with family members of another TDCJ inmate in the Houston area, got K2 from them, hid the drug on her person, and smuggled it into the Eastham Unit, where she gave it to the inmate, the affidavit stated.

Cooper allegedly told the investigator that she received $500 for each K2 delivery.

According to the affidavit, Cooper also admitted to having sex with the inmate she delivered the K2 on several occasions.

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