Alabama prison officer accused of smuggling cell phones to inmates


Tony Williams (Alabama Department of Corrections)


An Alabama employee was arrested Thursday, marking the fourth state correctional officer criminally charged this week.

The Alabama Department of Corrections announced the arrest of 34-year-old Tony Williams. He was taken into custody at the Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore where he worked for attempting to smuggle illegal contraband into the prison.

Williams, of Frisco City, was arrested for prohibited activities and use of office for personal gain.

During a search of the officer’s personal vehicle, a K-9 unit alerted on Williams’ vehicle where authorities found multiple packages containing 10 cell phones. Williams admitted to purchasing the phones with the intention of receiving payment from inmates.

Williams was taken to Escambia County Jail and booked following his arrest. He resigned from his job after more than 10 years with the ADOC.

Earlier this week, prison officials announced the arrests of three correctional employees for ethics law violations, accused of wrongdoing at two state prisons. All of the suspects are female. Two were officers at the Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton. The third was a correctional officer trainee at the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer.

The public should contact the ADOC Investigations and Intelligence Division at 1-866-293-7799 with information that may lead to the arrest of anyone attempting to introduce illegal contraband into state prisons or to report any criminal activity that could be taking place at any of the state prisons. The public may also report suspicious activity to law enforcement by going to the ADOC Website at