|Steven Urail Howard|
An Etowah County maintenance worker has been arrested on charges he stole county property and helped a jail inmate obtain drugs.
57 year old Steven Urail Howard, of Boaz, is charged with one count of first-degree theft of property and one count of second-degree promoting prison contraband, both of which are felonies. He is currently being held in the detention center on a $7,500 bond.
Howard allegedly confessed to assisting a county inmate, who was under his supervision, get drugs on two occasions. According to the sheriff's office, the first incident happened around a month ago when an inmate bought Suboxone, a narcotic used in the treatment of opiate addiction, in the parking lot of a local convenience store. The second incident involved the sale of marijuana in the parking lot of an area discount store on Oct. 15, the same day an inmate escaped work detail and fled in a county-owned truck.
Howard, according to the sheriff's office, also admitted to stealing an old control panel worth approximately $3,500. The panel has since been recovered.