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Cuyahoga County Jail corrections officer arrested by narcotics detectives

Posted at 4:41 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 17:39:30-04

CLEVELAND — A Cuyahoga County Jail corrections officer was arrested Wednesday by narcotics detectives.

Officer Stephen A. Thomas was taken into custody at the jail, according to a county spokesperson.

Thomas was arrested for drug possession, illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility and trafficking in drugs, according to a Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office report.

Cuyhoga County Court of Common Pleas records state that a detective watching jail security cameras saw the on-duty corrections officer giving narcotics to an inmate. When authorities later searched the cell, they found 10 suspected oxycodone pills, court documents stated. Investigators also say they found part of a plastic glove containing suspected drugs when they searched Thomas after his arrest.

Thomas, who is a member of the jail's special response team, or SRT, has worked in the jail since February, 2018. After his arrest, the Thomas was placed on unpaid administrative leave, according to county documents.

5 On Your Side Investigators discovered Thomas filed for bankruptcy last month.

He is being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on May 13 at 10 a.m., according to court records

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