An employee of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been arrested and accused of smuggling cocaine into the jail, supposedly with the intent to sell it to inmates there.
The 24-year-old man is in jail in lieu of $1 million bail. He has been charged with three felonies; bribery, transportation of a controlled substance with intent to sell and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.
The man was arrested as he was entering the men's jail and is said to have had the drugs on his person at the time. He was arrested as part of a four-week internal affairs crackdown that was organized in order to prevent people in jail from receiving contraband from the outside. A spokesman for the sheriff's department said the man's action were illegal, to say nothing of unacceptable. (Keep in mind that the suspect has not been found guilty of anything yet).
This is not the first time a jail employee has been accused of trying to smuggle drugs to an inmate. Last month, a sheriff's deputy was arrested after he allegedly tried to bring heroin to an inmate by wrapping the drug up in a burrito. In the recent past, three deputies have been convicted of trying to sell drugs to inmates and a fourth has resigned over accusations that he too was selling drugs in the jail.
The jail has been cracking down in misbehavior by employees ever since the FBI investigated the jail last year and found that staff members were smuggling money and other items to prisoners.
Source: The Los Angeles Times, "Guard arrested on suspicion of smuggling cocaine into jail to sell," Feb. 14, 2012