Friday, July 18, 2008

Prison Guards Accused Of Smuggling Drugs

Prosecutors Say Guards Took Money In Exchange For Delivering Drugs

POSTED: 3:26 pm EDT July 18, 2008

MIAMI -- Federal authorities Friday announced the arrests of five state correctional officers accused of smuggling drugs inside a Florida City prison.

Capt. Jimmy Lee Love Jr., Officer Shantavia A.L. Johnson, Officer Dennard G. Fluker, Officer Alexander J. Davis and Officer Ivis N. Grace were indicted on charges of conspiring and attempting to traffic illegal narcotics inside the Dade Correctional Institution, a maximum-security state prison.

Federal prosecutors allege the defendants accepted cash payments from inmates in return for helping to deliver drugs inside the prison.

The arrests stem from the result of an undercover FBI investigation.

Felicia Z. Calloway, a contract employee who worked in the prison kitchen, was also charged and arrested. Six inmates and an associate of one of the inmates were also named in the indictment.

The defendants face a maximum 20-year sentence on each charge and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

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