A former DCS worker was arrested after she was caught bringing drugs into a penal institution. 

It happened this past Saturday. Mikala Beach worked with DCS for eight months before her arrest this past Saturday. According to officials, she began July 9, 2018.  

DCS officials said the 28-year-old was classified as a case manager two. She worked with families of children who were at risk of coming into custody.  

According to the DCS website, her duties may have included testifying in court, recruiting foster parents, and interviewing people suspected of child abuse. 

According to officials with the Tennessee Department of Corrections, this past weekend, Beach attempted to smuggle 75 suboxone strips into the Turney Center Industrial Complex, a medium level security prison in Only, Tennessee. 

Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat opioid addiction. 

According to TDOC officials, the 75 strips reportedly have a prison value of $7,500 dollars. 

News 2 has learned that Beach was a visitor at the facility during a scheduled proactive search. That’s when TDOC agents searched her and found she was hiding the drugs on her person.  

She was charged with felony introduction of narcotics into a penal facility and possession with intent to sell and deliver.  

At the Dickson address listed on her jail intake information, neighbors were shocked and concerned. 

“Yeah, I would say bad choice. Any form of narcotics. I wouldn’t want that spread around,” said Dagan Browne.  

Cheryl Stephenson, a concerned mother said, “It’s very troubling to me. I have a daughter who plays here. Even though she stays right here, I’ll be inside or on the balcony and she has always been fine, but now that I know that she won’t be doing that anymore.” 

Beach has been fired for failing to adhere to DCS policies.  

TDOC officials say proactive searches like this are just one of many contraband interdiction techniques used by the department. 

This was a planned search, and officials say Beach just happened to be there.