Former jail worker gets probation in smuggling case
— 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-
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.