Latest Defendants, Including Former Corrections Officer, Convicted of Jail Corruption Scheme at Jessup Correctional Facility | USAO-MD

Green belt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang this week sentenced a former corrections officer, inmate, and outside “enabler” in a federal racketeering conspiracy at Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI), involving inmates and outside facilitators bribing correctional officers to smuggle contraband including narcotics, alcohol, tobacco and cell phones into the prison. With this week’s sentencing, all 15 defendants charged in the case have now been convicted and sentenced to more than five years in federal prison.

On August 10, 2022, Judge Chuang sentenced former correctional officer Dominique Booker, aka “Star,” 45, of Baltimore, to 27 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. On August 11, 2022, Judge Chuang sentenced 45-year-old inmate William Cox, alias Dollar, to 33 months in prison, consecutive to his jail term, followed by three years of probation; and today Judge Chuang sentenced facilitator Laurice Norfleet, 44, of Taneytown, Maryland, to time served and six months house arrest as part of three years of supervised release.

The sentences were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Secretary Robert Green, of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

JCI is a maximum security prison located in Jessup, Maryland.

According to the defendants’ plea agreements, Booker, Cox, and Norfleet conspired with other commanders, including Commander Chanel Pierce, inmates, and outside facilitators to smuggle contraband into JCI, including narcotics, alcohol, tobacco and cell phones. According to their plea agreements and other court documents, the COs accepted or agreed to accept payments from facilitators and/or detainees in return for contraband to JCI. Inmates acted as both wholesalers and retailers of contraband goods, often obtaining profits that far exceeded any profits that could be made selling similar drugs on the street.

During the investigation, law enforcement intercepted phone calls and text messages in which the defendants discussed contraband to be smuggled into JCI, as well as the payment of bribes. Several of the accused inmates, including Cox, had contraband cell phones, which they used to facilitate their smuggling activities. As detailed in his plea agreement, CO Booker conspired with inmate Cox, with whom she had a romantic relationship, and others, to smuggle contraband, including controlled hazardous substances, such as Suboxone, into JCI, then distribute the contraband to the detainees. In January 2019, a search of Booker and her vehicle as she entered JCI revealed contraband, including plastic bags containing the synthetic cannabinoid K-2, which she intended to smuggle into. contraband in the prison.

As stated in Norfleet’s plea agreement, she was the facilitator for her boyfriend and co-defendant, inmate Page Boyd. Norfleet admitted that on several occasions she obtained contraband, including controlled substances such as Suboxone which she supplied to a co-conspirator in Baltimore. The co-conspirator then delivered the contraband to the commanders to smuggle into JCI for Boyd, on behalf of Norfleet. Boyd then redistributed most of this Suboxone to other inmates at significant profit. For example, on a call to the prison, Boyd informed Norfleet that he was selling the Suboxone strips for $50 per strip inside JCI, far more than they sell outside the prison. .

Chanel Pierce, 29, of Pikesville, Maryland, has already been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for her role in the conspiracy and inmate Page Boyd, 38, was sentenced to four years in federal prison, consecutive to his sentence imprisonment in the state. .

The U.S. Attorney thanked the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, whose staff initiated the JCI investigation and were full partners in that investigation.

This case is also part of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OECDTF). The OECDTF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles higher-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of law enforcement agencies. federal, state and local law against criminal networks.

United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the FBI and the Department of Public Safety and Corrections for their work in the investigation. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher M. Rigali, who is prosecuting the case.

For more information about the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and the resources available to help the community, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md /community-outreach.

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