Northampton County detention center employee arrested for drugs in lunchbox

Douglas Squire (Northampton Co. Sheriff’s Office)

NORTHAMPTON Co., N.C. – A detention officer at the Northampton County Detention Center was arrested after drugs were found in a lunchbox.

On Thursday, August 30, the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, Roanoke Rapids Police Department and the North Carolina Department of Corrections conducted a routine search of the Northampton County Detention Center.

A Roanoke Rapids Police Department K-9 alerted on a specific lunchbox that was located inside an officer’s office. After further investigation, Lieutenant Sledge found a schedule II substance inside the lunchbox and obtained warrants on former Detention Officer Douglas Squire, 51, of Roanoke Rapids, for felony possession of controlled substances on jail premises.

Douglas Squire was served on Monday and was given a $5,000 unsecured bond. October 11 will be his next court date.

Sheriff Jack Smith stated that he holds his Sheriff’s Office and personnel to the highest standards of professionalism, and that this kind of incident is not accepted.