DPS joins investigation into alleged Huntsville prison drug sales

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The Texas Department of Public Safety is joining the investigation into drug sales to Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Kathy Lindley, mother-in-law of TDCJ’s then-regional director of prisons Wayne Brewer, was arrested on felony drug charges in June after investigators allege that she sold Adderall to two civilian TDCJ employees in Huntsville. According to a prison spokesman quoted by the Chronicle, both of the civilian employees were married to high-ranking prison officials.

Those employees were fired, as was Brewer and his wife, Melinda – although TDCJ officials didn’t specify whether the Brewers lost their jobs because of the alleged drug sales

On Friday, Joe Buttitta, a deputy with the TDCJ’s Office of the Inspector General, said investigators asked DPS to assist in a matter related to the investigation of the drug sales.  

“We reached out to them because they have specialty squads that we’re working with,” he told the Chronicle. “But DPS has not taken over our investigation — there’s another spin-off on something else that we’re looking at.”

He told the newspaper at least one person in the drug-sales investigation may be involved in an existing criminal investigation by his office, but declined to provide further details.

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