A correctional officer at the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester has been charged with bringing knives and drugs onto prison grounds.

Christopher James Lyons, 26, of McAlester, faces two felony charges and a misdemeanor count in the case.

He is charged with felony counts of bringing contraband into a penal facility and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia for possession of a pipe, said District 18 Attorney Chris Wilson.

Lyons has pleaded innocent to the charge. He is free on $2,500 bond and faces a preliminary hearing conference on Oct. 21.

Wilson said his office had been contacted following Lyon’s arrest by the Department of Corrections at JBCC.

“He had some fixed-blade knives on his person,” Wilson said of the allegations included in the charges.

Lyons allegedly had some methamphetamine on his person and in a vehicle at the time of his arrest, according to the district attorney’s office.

Wilson said a small amount of a substance believed to be methamphetamine had been recovered from Lyon’s vehicle.

“There was some residue in some bags,” he said.

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