CRESAPTOWN — A correctional dietary officer of the Western Correctional Institution was arrested last week after a large quantity of suspected drugs were found inside her vehicle, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Misty Dawn Lowery, 37, was arrested on two felony charges and five misdemeanors, including possession with intent to distribute contraband and possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

Lowery was released on her personal recognizance after she was charged.

Investigators said more than 500 strips of suboxone was found in her vehicle along with a sizable about of suspected synthetic marijuana and heroin. The incident occurred in the WCI parking lot Oct. 2.

The “prison value” of the drugs was placed at more than $120,000, authorities said.

The arrest was reportedly made after alert staff, intelligence officers and a department K-9 team seized the drugs.

Following the arrests, DPSCS Secretary Robert Green commended staff for the “excellent” work that prompted the arrest.

“The overwhelming majority of our employees are honest, hardworking people, whose safety will not be compromised by the behavior of a very few. Any amount of contraband poses a serious safety threat,” he said.

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