De­ten­tion Cen­ter em­ploy­ees, in­mates ar­rested in con­spir­acy

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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.”

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