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Cuyahoga County jailer accused of being part of drug smuggling ring arraigned on multiple charges

Marvella Sullivan
Posted at 8:30 AM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 09:11:14-04

CLEVELAND — A former Cuyahoga County Jail corrections officer accused of smuggling contraband into the facility for inmates was arraigned in court on Thursday morning.

Marvella Sullivan, 36, was indicted last month on charges of engaging in pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking offense, two counts of bribery, theft in office and prohibition of conveyance of certain items.

Sullivan pleaded not guilty and is being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

Judge Robert C. McClelland ordered her to have no contact with law enforcement and ordered her to submit a DNA test.

According to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Sullivan and another jailer allegedly smuggled drugs and other items into the jail under the direction of an inmate.

Court records state that Sullivan worked as part of a drug enterprise that operated at the county jail from Jan. 1, 2017 to July 1, 2019.

Her case was assigned to Judge William McGinty. Sullivan's pretrial hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25 at 9:00 a.m.

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

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