For­mer jail worker gets pro­ba­tion in smug­gling case

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A woman who served as a con­duit for smug­gling drugs into the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter — where she worked as a con­trac­tual kitchen em­ployee — re­ceived a sus­pended twoyear sen­tence Fri­day.

Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court Judge Jane Cairns Mur­ray im­posed the sus-

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pended two-year sen­tence on Eulilah Jo­ce­lynn Col­lazo, a 34-year-old Wilm­ing­ton, Del., res­i­dent who had pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stance in March as part of a plea deal.

The judge or­dered Col­lazo to serve two years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion, which in­cludes sub­stance abuse treat­ment and coun­sel­ing.

On July 1, the in­mate who mas­ter­minded the smug­gling of drugs into the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter — Ah­mad Rashad Flamer, 34 — re­ceived a five-year prison term for his role in the op­er­a­tion, after plead­ing guilty to pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stance with in­tent to dis­trib­ute.

In the ca­pac­ity of his in­mate job de­tail, Flamer worked in the kitchen with Col­lazo and en­listed her as a go-be­tween in his smug­gling op­er­a­tion, prose­cu­tors said.

Flamer also re­cruited the help of a friend on the out­side, Heather Ni­cole Cor­drey, a 34-year-old woman who lived near Elk­ton and sup­plied drugs to Col­lazo, who, in turn, smug­gled them into the de­ten­tion cen­ter and de­liv­ered them to Flamer on days that she worked, prose­cu­tors added.

Flamer gained the co­op­er­a­tion of Col­lazo and Cor­drey by “im­ply­ing a ro­man­tic in­ter­est in them,” As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Perry J. Sea­man, who pros­e­cuted all three de­fen­dants, had ex­plained after Flamer’s plea hear­ing.

Last week, Cor­drey also re­ceived a sus­pended twoyear sen­tence and was placed on two years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion for her role. In March, she had pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to pos­sess a con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stance.

Col­lazo and Cor­drey co­op­er­ated with au­thor­i­ties after their ar­rests, prose­cu­tors re­ported.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors with the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, which over­sees the CCDC op­er­a­tion, ar­rested Col­lazo at the jail on Oct. 21, shortly after she ar­rived for her kitchen shift, po­lice said. Col­lazo was not em­ployed by the county, but rather by a pri­vate con­trac­tor called CBM Man­aged Ser­vices, po­lice added. Col­lazo no longer works at the jail.

Dur­ing a court-ap­proved search, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found 15 mor­phine pills, 50 Sub­ox­one strips and one mor­phine pill hid­den in her cloth­ing, ac­cord­ing to court records. Searchers also found three mor­phine pills in Col­lazo’s 2000 Ford Ex­pe­di­tion, which was parked in the de­ten­tion cen­ter lot, court records show.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors started fo­cus­ing on Col­lazo on Oct. 6, some two weeks ear­lier, after CCDC ad­min­is­tra­tors re­ceived word that an in­mate who worked in the kitchen, later iden­ti­fied as Flamer, had been re­ceiv­ing drugs from a civil­ian kitchen worker, later iden­ti­fied as Col­lazo, and that he then “dis­trib­uted them on tiers” in the jail, ac­cord­ing to court records.

After re­ceiv­ing the tip, CCSO Det. Terry Ressin started lis­ten­ing to record­ings of jail­house phone con­ver­sa­tions be­tween Flamer and Cor­drey, po­lice said.

That cou­ple dis­cussed how drugs would be given to Col­lazo and how she then would bring them into the de­ten­tion cen­ter “by un- known means and give the drugs to Flamer for dis­tri­bu­tion,” po­lice added.

Ressin was able to de­ter­mine when Col­lazo was go­ing to make the next planned de­liv­ery, court records show.

That led to a judge is­su­ing a search war­rant, which al­lowed de­tec­tives to search Col­lazo and her ve­hi­cle on Oct. 21, the pur­ported date of the next de­liv­ery.

After her ar­rest, Col­lazo con­fessed to re­ceiv­ing the drugs from Cor­drey and to sup­ply­ing them to Flamer, court records show. More­over, ac­cord­ing to court records, Col­lazo ad­mit­ted that she had smug­gled drugs to Flamer, after re­ceiv­ing them from Cor­drey, on three other oc­ca­sions be­fore she was nabbed on her fourth try.

“Col­lazo de­scribed how in­mate Flamer would wrap and hide the (drugs) on diet trays, which would then be dis­trib­uted to in­mates,” court records show.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested Flamer and Cor­drey about a week ar­rest­ing Col­lazo.

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