Gwinnett deputy arrested, accused of giving cellphone to inmate

Natalie Crawford

A Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday morning after officials discovered she allegedly gave her cellphone to a jail inmate, according to media reports.

Daily Post news partner FOX 5 Atlanta reported Monday that officials discovered during an investigation that Deputy Natalie Crawford, 48, reportedly gave the phone to the inmate. She is also accused of violating state law by reportedly having a loaded firearm inside a secured area of the Gwinnett County Jail,” according to officials.

Crawford is herself now an inmate at the jail, where she is being held without bond on charges of felony violation of an oath by public officer and felony items prohibited for possession by inmates. Additional charges are expected.

“Sheriff Conway has a zero tolerance for any individual who attempts to provide or deliver any contraband or weapons into the facility,” a spokesperson told FOX 5. “This breach of security and trust would result in immediate arrest and a case for criminal charges would be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office.”

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I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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