A Kansas City man who is an inmate at the Jackson County Detention Center was sentenced Wednesday to 6½ years without parole in federal prison for leading a conspiracy to smuggle contraband into the jail.
The federal judge in Kansas City also ordered that the sentence for 33-year-old Carlos Laron Hughley be served consecutively to any sentence from an unrelated case in which he faces state charges of domestic assault, armed criminal action, careless and imprudent driving, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.
Co-defendants Jalee Caprice Fuller, 30, of Independence and Marion Lorenzo “Cuddy” Byers, 36, of Kansas City have pleaded guilty and been sentenced. Another co-defendant, 36-year-old Jannika Lashay Carter of Kansas City awaits sentencing.
Hughley pleaded guilty in February to one count each of conspiracy and using a telephone in furtherance of unlawful activity. As an inmate, he had been the ringleader of a scheme to smuggle contraband, including a cell phone and charging cable, into the jail in downtown Kansas City. Aided by people outside the jail acting at his direction, Hughley bribed Fuller, a former corrections officer, to smuggle contraband to inmates at the jail during May and June 2017.
Hughley and Fuller developed a romantic relationship, according to court documents, and he fathered her infant child. Hughley also had a prior romantic relationship with Carter, whom he convinced to smuggle goods to Fuller. Byers had delivered the items to Carter.
Recorded telephone calls involving the defendants revealed specifics about the scheme.
In a separate case arising from the federal investigation, another former corrections officer, 26-year-old Andre Dickerson of Kansas City, pleaded guilty to two counts of using a phone to further unlawful activity acceding to corruption. Dickerson admitted that he told a confidential informant he would smuggle two packs of cigarettes, a cell phone and a charger to a jail inmate for $500. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 31.