Former officer pleads guilty to drug-related charges

Published 5:44 pm Friday, March 17, 2017

HYDE COUNTY — A former Hyde County correctional officer pled guilty on Thursday to drug-related charges.

Joshua Carawan, of Chocowinity, pled guilty to felony providing drugs to an inmate and misdemeanor providing tobacco to an inmate, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock sentenced Carawan to probation, and he is no longer allowed to work in law enforcement, the release stated.

Carawan was arrested on July 26, 2016, after Hyde County sheriff’s officers found 45-year-old Hyde Correctional inmate Adrian Cofield in possession of 4 ounces of marijuana, tobacco, a cellphone and a knife.

Authorities could only conclusively prove that Carawan supplied the drugs, according to the release.

Carawan previously worked as a correctional officer for several years in Hyde and Craven counties.

Sgt. Josh Hopkins, with the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office, was not available to comment on the results of the case.

A former probation officer also pled guilty in Hyde County court Thursday in a separate drug-related incident.

Lashonna Charmain Shannon, 26, pled guilty to misdemeanor possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, after authorities discovered marijuana during a traffic stop in September 2016, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

“In both of these cases, the defendants made mistakes that cost each of them a good career,” District Attorney Seth Edwards stated. “However, no one is above the law.”