Detention Center employees, inmates arrested in conspiracy
On July 19, following an investigation by DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and DeKalb County Drug Task Force, Belinda Sue Lewis, 49 of Rainsville, was arrested on three counts of distribution of controlled substance and conspiracy in controlled substance crime. Lewis is a former employee of Trinity Food service that is contracted to work in the kitchen at the DeKalb County Detention Center.
According to a press release from DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris, two inmates, including David Cooper, 44, of Valley Head, and Dustin McClain Ward, 31, of Aragon Georgia, were also charged during the investigation for conspiracy in controlled substance crime and promoting prison contraband.
On July 20, following about a two month investigation by DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Task Force, Morgan McCurdy, 23 of Fort Payne an employee of DeKalb County Detention Center and former employee of Jackson County Detention Center was arrested for unlawful possession of controlled substance and promoting prison contraband in the second degree. McCurdy has been with the DeKalb County Detention Center for about a year as the LPN in jail Medical. The jail staff has worked with the Investigators and Drug Task Force many hours on this investigation.
“It all came to an end last night when we received video surveillance of information that there would be a drug drop in a restaurant parking lot to Ms. McCurdy,” said Sheriff Harris. “In the parking lot we observed a male walking across the parking lot and handing Ms. McCurdy a package. As she left the restaurant undercover agents and myself followed her to the Fort Payne Walmart parking lot where she was stop and was transported back to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. K-9 Marianna and Deputy Akins was called to the scene where Marianna alerted on the vehicle Ms. McCurdy was driving. The package contained methamphetamine, prescription pills, cell phone charger and two cans of tobacco. This was exactly what we received on video and audio surveillance that Ms. McCurdy was supposed to deliver to an inmate in the jail. This investigation is continuing. Ms. McCurdy has admitted her wrong doing and is real remorseful.”
Harris says “I am so pleased for the work of the medical staff, corrections officers, investigators, deputies and K- 9 unit. This is an embarrassment to us and the law enforcement professionals. The men and women at the Sheriff’s Office continue to fight the drug war every day and every night. For one of our employees that we have trusted this is truly a disappointment to me and them that work hard every day here at the Sheriff’s Office. No one is above the law and it never has and never will been tolerated in my office.”