The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office recently made multiple arrests in one week after three attempts were made to drop off illegal contraband to inmates at the DeKalb County Jail.
The first attempt occurred on June 11. Officials with DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said three people were arrested after a bag used to hoist items into the jail broke during the drop attempt.
Atlanta resident Tremaine Ward, 22, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor and crossing state/county guard lines with weapons, intoxicants, and possession of drugs without consent – which is a felony. Atlanta resident Quintavious Chase, 28, was charged with conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor and criminal trespass; and Atlanta resident Miracle Smith, 18, was charged with conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor.
Officials said the three suspects tried to deliver a contraband bag that contained cell phones, cell phone chargers, cigarette lighters, cans of shaving powder, a vapor pen, tubes of glue and Versace eyeglasses. All were transported to the DeKalb County Jail without incident, stated officials.
Then, on June 15 DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies said they arrested three more people following an incident at the jail where the alleged delivery person was left behind as his alleged co-conspirators drove away.
Deputies stated that they apprehended Decatur resident Blake Street, 36, near the jail, as he attempted to flee the scene on foot. Two other people were then identified, located, and arrested nearby.
Blake was charged with crossing state/county guard lines with weapons, intoxicants, and possession of drugs without consent – which is a felony. Snellville resident Jazmyne Renee Howard, 32, was charged with trespassing; and Snellville resident Broje Alexander Simmons, 29, was also charged with trespassing.
Items attempted to be smuggled inside the jail included cigarettes and packs of unwrapped tobacco. All arrestees were transported to the DeKalb County Jail without incident, stated officials.
The next day, on June 16, deputies said they arrested Riverdale resident Hertis Johnson, 60, outside the front of the DeKalb County Jail after he unsuccessfully attempted to deliver contraband, including tobacco, cigarettes, soap bars, toothpaste, tweezers, cell phones, blunt power spray, lighters, bottles of Jack Daniels whiskey, cell phone chargers, SIM card removers, security bit sets, rolling paper, a package of red beans and rice, packets of marijuana, and two Bridgeport summer sausages.
Johnson was charged with crossing state/county guard lines with weapons, intoxicants, and drugs without consent – which is a felony, and possession of marijuana which is also a felony. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the DeKalb County Jail according to officials.
Last year, the sheriff’s office launched Operation Eyes in the Sky using drones to patrol and record footage to stop more contraband drops.
The operation is ongoing, said officials.
“The audacity of these offenders is astounding,” said Sheriff Melody Maddox. “Not only are the incidents occurring in broad daylight, but [the suspects] do not seem to realize that we are watching them—that is, until they are arrested.”
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