A corrections officer who worked at the D.C. jail has been arrested and charged with cocaine possession with the intent to distribute after a four-month narcotics investigation by the D.C. police Internal Affairs Division and the Corrections Department.

Larry L. Jordan, 38, of the 100 block of Cindy Lane in Capitol Heights, was arrested about 8:45 p.m. Friday by D.C. police undercover officers posing as drug dealers in the 1800 block of Half Street SW, police said.

Jordan contacted an undercover officer earlier Friday to arrange a narcotics purchase, according to a statement released yesterday by U.S. Attorney Jay B. Stephens.

The statement said Jordan arrived in Southwest about 8 p.m. with his wife and children and tried to buy 20 rocks of crack cocaine for $50 each. He said he would be able to sell the crack, according to the statement.

Corrections spokeswoman Pat Wheeler said Jordan had worked as a guard on the day shift at the jail since Sept. 26, 1988.

The Washington Post reported this month that drug-abusing guards can be found throughout the D.C. jail, at 19th and D streets SE. In an examination of drug use at the jail, reporter Leon Dash interviewed 65 current and former employees at length over two years.

Jordan was arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court, according to the statement released yesterday. Jordan faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of 40 years and a fine of $250,000.