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2 corrections officers accused of providing heroin, fentanyl to inmates at Cuyahoga County Jail

Posted: 4:01 PM, Aug 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-28 16:34:47-04
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CLEVELAND — Two corrections officers are facing charges for allegedly smuggling drugs into the Cuyahoga County Jail for inmates at the facility.

Court records state that Stephen Thomas and Marvella Sullivan allegedly smuggled heroin, fentanyl, marijuana and cell phones into the jail for prisoners under the direction of an inmate named Lamar Speights.

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Lamar Speights

Thomas was arrested in May after a detective watching jail security cameras saw him hand drugs to an inmate. When authorities searched his locker, they say they found oxycodone pills and part of a plastic glove containing suspected drugs.

According to the Ohio Attorney General's Office, Thomas, Sullivan and Speights have been indicted on the following charges:

  • 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)

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas document state that Thomas and Sullivan worked as part of a drug ring inside the jail from Jan. 1, 2017 to July 1, 2019.

Both Thomas and Sullivan have resigned from their positions at the jail.

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