Just before Thanksgiving, three Tabor Correctional (TCI) officers found themselves in a similar position to their charges. Investigators with the Tabor City Police Department (TCPD), in conjunction with the NC State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), are investigating what appears to be two separate incidents. On November 12, 2021, an inmate, Dustin Goodson, was taken to a local hospital by prison staff due to a suspected drug overdose. He was later declared brain dead, though he was kept on life support until his organs could be harvested.
Investigators filed their first report with the incident listed as “negligent manslaughter” on November 18, 2021. Associate Warden Jamie Bullard stated they were investigating a corrections officer, who was a sergeant, and another inmate, but not in conjunction with Mr. Goodson’s death.
The death of the inmate brought up two separate investigations.
The report states they believed the sergeant brought the drugs into the prison for an inmate who is also being investigated. The inmate in question provided a written statement, saying he received drugs from the sergeant.
Investigators met with prison officials the day after Goodson was pronounced dead, where video footage was viewed of the night in question. Prison staff found drugs hidden under a podium within the unit and Officer Wesley Thompson has been charged. More than 121 grams of synthetic marijuana (spice/K2) was found in the cell video footage shows the officer delivering to. Thompson and another officer were interviewed, with Thompson being charged with drug trafficking/smuggling. The second officer has not been charged at this time, but she has resigned her position, as has the sergeant (not yet named) being investigated in conjunction with the inmate death.
This isn’t the first time TCI has been in the news regarding drugs. In September 2020, another CO was charged with possession of a schedule II substance in a prison and possession of a schedule IV substance in a prison, after being caught attempting to bring in marijuana and cocaine. The TCPD found 10.5 grams of cocaine and 68.5 grams of marijuana in…