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Two corrections officers at the Jackson County Detention Center are among four persons charged in a bribery scheme to smuggle contraband cell phones and other items to inmates. (Chopper5) Two corrections officers at the Jackson County Detention Center are among four persons charged in a bribery scheme to smuggle contraband cell phones and other items to inmates. (Chopper5)
Roughly 200 law enforcers including the FBI have searched the Jackson County Detention Center as part of what the FBI calls an ongoing investigation. (KCTV5) Roughly 200 law enforcers including the FBI have searched the Jackson County Detention Center as part of what the FBI calls an ongoing investigation. (KCTV5)
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Two corrections officers at the Jackson County Detention Center are among four persons charged in a bribery scheme to smuggle contraband cell phones and other items to inmates.

Approximately 200 law enforcement officers and federal agents participated in a raid Monday morning at the detention center and the arrests of the four defendants as part of an ongoing investigation.

Andre Lamonte Dickerson, 26, Carlos Laron Hughley, 32, and Janikkia Lashay Carter, 36, all of Kansas City, and Jalee Caprice Fuller, 29, of Independence, were charged in a federal criminal complaint that was filed under seal on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

That complaint was unsealed and made public Monday following the arrests of all four defendants. They remain in federal custody pending their initial court appearance Monday afternoon. The government will seek to have all four defendants detained in federal custody without bond.

Dickerson and Fuller are corrections officers at the Jackson County Detention Center.

Hughley is an inmate at the detention center awaiting trial on charges of domestic assault, armed criminal action, resisting arrest and multiple counts of distributing controlled substances. Hughley is purportedly the father of Fuller’s recently born child.

Carter is an acquaintance of Fuller and Hughley.

The criminal complaint charges Dickerson, Fuller, Hughley and Carter for their roles in a bribery and contraband smuggling scheme from May 13 to June 3 in violation of the Travel Act.

Jackson County Executive Frank White issued a statement following word of the investigation: 

“Under the leadership of the FBI, multiple law enforcement agencies conducted a coordinated search of the Jackson County Detention Center, with the full cooperation of jail administration. It is my priority to ensure we operate a safe and secure jail for our staff and inmates. This morning’s joint effort is proof of that commitment. We have dedicated and well-trained associates working hard inside the jail each and every day, but we must hold those who are breaking the rules accountable if we want to make forward progress. We will not tolerate such reckless behavior.”

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, two confidential informants – an inmate at the detention center and a relative of that inmate – assisted in the investigation of corrupt corrections officers.

The affidavit describes two undercover operations in which a confidential informant paid bribes and provided cell phones and cigarettes, which were smuggled into the detention center by Dickerson and Fuller and delivered to another confidential informant.

In one undercover operation, a confidential informant allegedly paid Dickerson $500 on June 2 to smuggle two packs of contraband cigarettes, a cell phone and a phone charger into the detention center.

At approximately 1 a.m. the following morning, the affidavit says, Dickerson entered the confidential informant’s cell and placed the items on his bed.

Dickerson allegedly asked the confidential informant if he would be interested in paying him a monthly fee of $2,500 in exchange for being the only inmate on the fifth floor of the detention center to receive contraband cigarettes, narcotics and telephones.

Other inmates would then shop through the confidential informant for their contraband, either paying through food or by putting money on the confidential informant’s “books.” Dickerson allegedly told one confidential informant to have the other confidential informant call him if he was interested.

Another undercover operation had been initiated in May 2017 when Hughley allegedly told the confidential informant that he could get contraband into the detention center. The confidential informant then coordinated with Carter and an unknown individual named “Cuddy,” the affidavit says.

A confidential informant allegedly paid Cuddy $300 on May 18 and provided a cell phone and charger that Fuller was to smuggle into the detention center.

According to the affidavit, video footage obtained from the detention center shows Fuller delivering a paper bag through the cell block door hole to the confidential informant on May 23. The paper bag delivered by Fuller contained the cell phone and 15 Xanax pills.

Larson cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt.

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