Elizabeth Woman Charged With Smuggling Tobacco Into Jail

ELIZABETH – Union County police officers arrested an Elizabeth woman on July 6 following an investigation into tobacco smuggling at the Union County Jail, officials said.

The month-long investigation resulted in the apprehension and arrest of Shakiedah Payne, 30, an employee of Aramark, the company that provides food service at the jail.


Authorities said Payne admitted to smuggling contraband in the form of tobacco products into the jail. She was released pending a court appearance.

The investigation was a joint effort involving the Union County Police Department, Prosecutor’s Office, and Department of Corrections Special Investigations Unit.

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