Trial date set in prison drug case

A former correctional officer is accused of trying to smuggle marijuana to an inmate.

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WALLA WALLA -- A local man working last spring as a Washington State Penitentiary correctional officer pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to criminal charges accusing him of intending to smuggle marijuana to a prisoner.

Christopher R. Flippo, 25, of 1835 Amelia St., is scheduled for trial Feb. 2 and 3 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Flippo is charged with possessing the controlled substance with intent to deliver it, possessing it in a correctional institution and second-degree attempted introduction of contraband.

Officials reportedly found the marijuana in his vehicle in the parking lot of the institution May 2. They also seized $200 from the driver's door compartment, according to a police report filed in court.

Flippo -- who has since resigned his position -- allegedly told a prison investigator he had intended to take the pot into the institution. Flippo also told police he had been giving tobacco and marijuana to an inmate since about October of last year, according to officials.

"Flippo said he received $500 for introduction of tobacco and $800 for introduction of marijuana," the police report says. "He said the money is sent to him from a female in Maryland. Once he receives the money he makes the drops."

The $200 in the car reportedly was left over from $800 he received.

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