Report: Corrections Officer smuggled
dope-filled sub sandwich into Jail
The Officer, two jail inmates and their two girlfriends were charged in the case.
Seriously?....I mean SERIOUSLY dude?? WTF were you thinking of??? Sergeant Sandvig
January 13, 2011
Smuggle marijuana into the County Jail and you'll get a tasty roast beef
sub and an expensive bottle of tequila. Get a cell phone into the lockup
and you'll be introduced to a stripper.
These offers sound like something heard on a TV crime show. But
authorities say a Marion County corrections officer actually received and accepted — the bargains.
The result: The officer and four other people — two jail inmates and their girlfriends — were arrested.
Joseph Jones, 31, a master corrections officer, was charged with principle to introducing contraband into a detention facility, introduction of contraband into a detention facility, and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Jones was booked into the jail at 9:55 p.m. Wednesday and was released at 11:31 p.m. He is suspended without pay, and an Internal Affairs investigation has been launched.
According to law enforcement officials, jail inmate Travis Cottrell, 28, told them that the scheme worked like this: Two women would go to a sandwich shop not far from the jail and order two sandwiches. They would remove the meat and other contents from one sub and place the marijuana inside the bread.
They would then meet Jones and give him both sandwiches, which he would bring to the jail.
Officials said the activity occurred within the past week, but did not say with what frequency. On Wednesday, with this information in mind, drug agents were keeping an eye on the sandwich shop. They say they saw the two women — identified as Teresa Myers, 29, and Ashley Kiser, 24 — enter the business and pick up two sandwiches.
The agents said Jones, the corrections officer, pulled into the parking lot and took the sandwiches chicken teriyaki and roast beef from the women.
Jones drove away and went to the jail. There, he was met by deputies and other agents and was escorted
Officials said they looked inside the sandwiches and found 8 grams of marijuana inside one. Jones claimed he did not know about the marijuana.
Later, he told officials that inmate Cottrell had offered to give him a free sandwich — especially roast beef — if Jones would meet his girlfriend, Myers, at a certain time. Jones said he also was promised a bottle of Patron tequila.
Officials also were told that Jones had been asked to bring a cell phone into the jail to take a picture of Cottrell so he could give it to Myers.
For doing that favor, Jones said, Myers was supposed to introduce him to a stripper or exotic dancer.
The two women were stopped by officials and transported to the Sheriff's Office for interviews.
While searching Kiser's jeans, officials said they found marijuana, according to a report. They also said they found marijuana in Myers' purse.
The two women admitted their involvement in the scheme, authorities said.
Officials said a second inmate allegedly involved, Anthony Carter, 25, declined to talk with them. Officials say he and Kiser are a couple.
Carter and Cottrell were charged with principle to introducing contraband into a detention facility.
Myers was charged with introduction of contraband into a detention facility and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.
Kiser was charged with introducing contraband into a detention facility.
Participating in the investigation were officials from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the Multi-Agency Drug Enforcement Team and the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Jones was hired by the Sheriff's Office on April 8, 2005, according to agency records. He worked as a road deputy before transferring to the jail in September of that year. The former U.S. Marine was promoted over time to his current rank of master corrections officer, with an annual salary of $34,147.44.
He could not be reached Thursday for comment.