KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two corrections officers were among four people arrested in a contraband smuggling operation at the county jail in Kansas City, Missouri, after roughly 200 law enforcers searched the facility early Monday.
The U.S. attorney’s office said the indictment naming Jackson County Detention Center corrections officers Andrew Lamonte Dickerson, 26, and Jalee Caprice Fuller, 29, was unsealed after their arrest and the search. Also indicted last week in the bribery scheme are Carlos Laron Hughley, a 32-year-old inmate, and Janikkia Lashay Carter, a 36-year-old friend of Fuller and Hughley.
Prosecutors said in a news release that Hughley is purportedly the father of Fuller’s recently born child. Dickerson is no longer employed with the county, and Fuller is on unpaid administrative leave.
The hourslong search was so large that law enforcement officers from the FBI and several other agencies were bused to the jail. An FBI investigation that began two years ago focused on excessive use of force by guards on prisoners before expanding to other areas. Previous searches uncovered drugs, weapons and other contraband.
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Don Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, said the suspects don’t yet have attorneys who can speak on their behalf. He said prosecutors are seeking to have Dickerson held without bond and that Hughley isn’t eligible to be released on bond because he’s a jail inmate. Fuller has been released on bond, and Carter has been granted bond, but federal officials aren’t releasing her until they determine whether other municipalities have outstanding arrest warrants against her.
Hughley had been awaiting trial on charges of domestic assault, armed criminal action, resisting arrest and multiple counts of distributing controlled substances.
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