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More information out on prison drug bust

Staff Reports

A sting operation Sunday resulted in the arrest of a correction officer who investigators say tried to smuggle methamphetamine inside prison walls.

Terence Craig Peterson, 36, is suspected of buying about 4 grams of methamphetamine from an acquaintance at an apartment complex near the 4700 block of South Carson Street, and smuggling it into his work at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center.

Investigators said they found the drugs as well as a hypodermic needle in his possession.

Also arrested in connection with the case was Terril Lynn Tungate, a Carson City woman who is charged with supplying Peterson with the drugs prior to his arrest.

According to Glen Whorton, a prison administrator, Peterson was under suspicion prior to the bust. The Inspector General’s office, which is in charge of investigations in the prison system, brought Tri-Net narcotics task force investigators into the case. They had Peterson under surveillance when he committed the alleged acts.

Peterson was charged with suspicion of furnishing a weapon and a controlled substance to a prisoner, possession of a controlled substance, trafficking and possession of a hypodermic needle. He is being held on $20,000 bail.

Tungate was arrested on suspicion of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a hypodermic device, sale of a methamphetamine and furnishing a weapon and a controlled substance to a prisoner. Her bail is $40,000.