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Two Employees Indicted in Illegal Drug Smuggling Operation in Cuyahoga County Jail

8/28/2019

(CLEVELAND) — Members of a criminal enterprise that smuggled illegal drugs and contraband into the Cuyahoga County Jail have been indicted.
Stephen A. Thomas and Marvella Sullivan, both employed as correction officers within the Cuyahoga County jail, served as couriers under the direction of Lamar Speights and another inmate at the jail.

Thomas, Sullivan, and Speights face charges of:

  • 1 count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (F1)
  • 3 counts of Illegal Conveyance of Drugs of Abuse onto Grounds of a Specified Governmental Facility (F3)
  • 1 count of Trafficking in a Fentanyl-Related Compound with Specifications (F4)
  • 1 count of Possession Criminal Tools with Specifications (F5)
  • 1 count of Possession of Fentanyl-Related Compound with Specifications (F4)
  • 1 count of Trafficking in Heroin (F5)
  • 5 counts of Bribery (F3)
  • 1 count of Illegal Conveyance of Communication Device onto the Grounds of a Specified Governmental Facility (M1)
  • 1 count of Tampering with Evidence (F3)
  • 1 count of Obstructing Justice (F5)
  • 1 count of Corrupting Another with Drugs (F2)
  • 1 count of Tampering with Records (F3)
  • 1 count of Perjury (F3)
  • 2 counts of Money Laundering (F3)
  • 1 Count of Corrupting Another with Drugs (F2)
  • 2 counts of Theft in Office (F5)
  • 2 counts of Trafficking in Marihuana (F5)
  • 2 counts of Bribery (F3)
  • 1 count of Telecommunication Fraud (F5)
  • 1 count of Possessing Criminal Tools with Specification (F5)
The investigation that led to the current indictment is ongoing and is being conducted by the Attorney General’s Office with the assistance of the FBI, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department and the Cleveland Police Department.

The Special Prosecutions section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting this case. Indictments merely contain allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Steve Irwin: 614-728-5417

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