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The mother of a former Nebraska State Penitentiary corporal accused of trying to smuggle synthetic marijuana into the Lincoln prison in November has been charged with tampering with evidence.

Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested Jacinda A. Miller, 41, on a warrant Wednesday afternoon in Sidney, spokesman Cody Thomas said.

Investigators in an affidavit for her arrest say recorded jail phone calls from her son, Michael Miller, show she helped hide evidence after his arrest Nov. 4.

Prison officials began staff searches as Michael Miller arrived for work that day after prison intelligence officials received a tip he was planning to bring drugs into the prison, court documents said.

Inside Miller's vehicle, investigators found a Ziploc bag containing small wrapped packages of K2 and cigarette rolling papers, the affidavit said.

They also found a black cellphone charger wrapped in black electrical tape.

Investigators believe he had been struggling financially and gave his personal phone number to an inmate at the prison to arrange bringing contraband inside in exchange for $1,000, according to the affidavit.

State Patrol investigators had information they would find "bricks" of K2 inside his apartment, but when they searched it Nov. 7, they didn't find any, court documents said.

Instead they found a leafy substance in the kitchen trash bin, and tests later confirmed it contained synthetic cannabinoids, the affidavit said.

In calls from jail in the days before the search, Miller had directed his mother to go to his apartment and "just throw that (expletive) away" or "flush it down the toilet," investigators said in the affidavit.

Miller resigned his position Nov. 4, and his case remains pending in Lancaster County Court.

If convicted, his mother faces up to two years in prison. 

Jail records show Jacinda Miller has been released on bond from the Cheyenne County jail.

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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