A former corrections officer at the Jackson County Detention Center will spend 16 months in federal prison for smuggling cell phones and other contraband to inmates.
Andre Dickerson, 27, of Kansas City, had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of using a telephone in furtherance of unlawful activity. His plea agreement called for a 16-month sentence, and Dickerson was formally sentenced Friday in federal court in Kansas City.
Dickerson admitted that he told a confidential informant that he would smuggle two packs of cigarettes, a cell phone and cell-phone charger to an inmate for $500. He met that person and received the items and payment at a Church's Fried Chicken restaurant on June 2, 2017.
The next day, according to court documents, Dickerson put the contraband on the inmate's bed and discussed a potential arrangement under which the inmate would pay Dickerson $2,500 per month to smuggle contraband to just that inmate on the floor, allowing him to be an exclusive seller.
The inmate smoked one pack of cigarettes and traded the other for food, and that same day detention center personnel found the phone and charger in his cell.
On June 18, a corrections officer found Dickerson's cell phone on the fifth floor control station, and the phone had text messages recording drug deals between Dickerson and inmates. When Dickerson was arrested nine days later, he had two cell phones on him while on duty. Corrections officers are not allowed to have cell phones while on duty and in the areas where inmates are housed.
In a related case, another former corrections officer, 30-year-old Jalee Caprice Fuller of Independence, has also pleaded guilty and been sentenced. She admitted to conspiring with others to smuggle contraband into the jail during May and June 2017. Co-defendant and former inmate Carlos Hughley, 33, of Kansas City, who developed a romantic relationship with Fuller and fathered her infant child, according to court documents, has also been sentenced in that case, along with 36-year-old Jannika Carter of Kansas City, who had a prior romantic relationship with Hughley and smuggled goods to Fuller. Co-defendant Marion “Cuddy” Byers, 36, of Kansas City, who delivered items to Carter, has also pleaded guilty.