LAYTON -- A prison guard is in jail after being arrested on suspicion of dealing heroin.
Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force agents arrested Jacob Olson, 23, Tuesday night in the parking lot of Layton Hills Mall after they observed Olson conducting a drug transaction.
"We had received information that he was involved in selling heroin," Strike Force Lt. Darin Parke said.
Agents investigated for the past few weeks, eventually following Olson to the mall, where they observed him make a deal with Casey Archer, 22. After the transaction, agents moved in and arrested Olson and Archer.
Parke said officers were not aware of Olson's employment with the prison until after his arrest.
The strike force found seven balloons of heroin on Archer and another 13 balloons of heroin and a balloon of cocaine on Olson. Together the drugs are worth less than $500.
The initial investigation does not show that Olson had been involved in criminal activity at the prison, Parke said.
"We're happy that we caught another heroin dealer," Parke said, "but it's sad to find out that he has any connection to law enforcement."
Utah Department of Corrections confirmed that Olson is an officer at the state prison in Draper. The department is currently addressing the issue of Olson's future employment in light of his arrest, Public Information Officer Steve Gehrke said.
"The allegations are very serious and the department will treat them as such," Gehrke said.
The department will consider a further investigation into Olson's work at the prison in the future.
"These types of actions should in no way reflect on the hard-working staff," Gehrke said.