Detention officer arrested

On January 19, 2008, Investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into allegations that Detention Officer Carsten Douglas (23 YOA) was suspected of distributing marijuana to inmates at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. These suspicions were being reported by detention center supervisory staff.

The subsequent investigation revealed that Carsten had in fact distributed marijuana and paraphernalia to three inmates on four separate occasions during December 2007 and January 2008. Two of the inmates who received delivery of the marijuana have been identified as Anthony Wallace and Nathan Perez.

Douglas Carsten has been arrested and charged with four counts of Bringing Contraband into a Jail, a fourth degree felony and Conspiracy, a fourth degree felony.

Carsten was booked at the Curry County Adult Detention Center and released on a $25,000.00 appearance bond.

Additional charges and arrests are pending.