Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Former Jackson County Jail Guards Plead Guilty To Smuggling And Corruption
Today's news of the ongoing efforts to clean-up an ongoing hot mess include guilty pleas to multiple counts of using a telephone in furtherance of the unlawful activity of acceding to corruption, related to a public servant taking a bribe in return for violating his legal duty.
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FORMER CORRECTIONS OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO CONTRABAND SMUGGLING AT JACKSON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER
Admitted that he told a confidential informant that he would smuggle two packs of cigarettes, a cell phone and a cell phone charger to an inmate in the detention center for $500. He met the informant at a Church’s Fried Chicken restaurant on June 2, 2017, where he received the payment and the contraband items.
The next day, June 3, 2017, he entered the inmate’s cell and put the contraband on the bed. They engaged in a conversation regarding potential future contraband transactions. Dickerson asked if the inmate would be interested in paying him a monthly fee of $2,500. In exchange, the former guard would ensure he would be the only inmate on the fifth floor to receive contraband cigarettes, narcotics and telephones. Other inmates would then shop through him for their contraband.
The inmate smoked one of the packs of cigarettes and exchanged the second pack of cigarettes with other inmates for food from the commissary. On the same day, detention center personnel searched his cell and found the phone and phone charger.
On June 18, 2017, a corrections officer found the former guard's cell phone in the fifth floor control station. Text messages contained information recording drug deals between the former guard and inmates within the Jackson County Detention Center.
THE FORMER GUARD was arrested on June 27, 2017. At the time of his arrest, he had two cell phones in his possession while he was on duty in the inmate area of the detention center. Corrections officers are not allowed to have cell phones in their possession while on duty and in the areas of the detention center where inmates are housed.
In a separate but related case, another former corrections officer at the Jackson County Detention Center has also pleaded guilty. The former Jackson County Employee admitted that she conspired with others – including a co-defendant, an inmate at the Jackson County Detention Center – to smuggle contraband to inmates between May 2 and June 26, 2017. She also admitted that she actually smuggled contraband into the Jackson County Detention Center and delivered the contraband to an inmate.
Developing . . .