State corrections officer busted on cocaine charges

BEAUFORT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A state correctional officer is still on the job after her arrest on cocaine charges in one Eastern Carolina county.

Beaufort County deputies say Uniququae Arthur, 26, of Washington, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver ecstasy, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

During her arrest on Friday, deputies found clothing and gear that belonged to the state Department of Public Safety in her car and learned that the woman was a corrections officer at Eastern Correctional Institution in Maury.

Deputies say they were conducting surveillance in known drug areas of Washington when they spotted Arthur's car with Reginald Wilkinson inside. They say they have received complaints about the man selling drugs, so they followed him and saw him conduct a drug deal.

After a traffic stop, they noticed a strong marijuana odor coming from the car and after a search found cocaine hidden in Arthur's pants, and Ecstasy pills, oxycodone pills and a digital scale in the center console area. They also found a baggie of marijuana in Wilkinson's pocket.

Wilkinson was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver ecstasy a Schedule I controlled substance, possession of oxycodone a Schedule III controlled substance, sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wilkinson was jailed on a $20,000.00 secured bond, while Arthur's bond was set at $5,000 secured.

A DPS spokesman says Arthur was hired as a correctional officer on September 17th. As an employee with less than a year's service, the state says Arthur is on probationary status but is still employed with DPS.

"The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has zero tolerance for any staff involvement in any illegal activity, and the Department is cooperating fully with local law enforcement," the department said in a statement. "Any staff who participates in illegal activity will be subjected to appropriate personnel action, including dismissal."