|Two Texas Jailers Arrested in Drug Sting|
|By Fort Worth Star-Telegram|
Two Tarrant County jailers arrested Tuesday evening had been sneaking items, including illegal drugs, to inmates in exchange for money, Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said Wednesday.
Ollie L. King, 30, and Joey Janice Jr., 21, were arrested about 8 p.m. after Anderson said the men tried to deliver a little more than five grams of marijuana to an inmate after accepting money from a visitor.
The transaction, actually a covert sting by sheriff's officials, was witnessed by an undercover officer from another police agency, Anderson said.
'They thought they had it down to a science,' Anderson said. 'They thought it was taking place without anybody knowing anything about it.'
King, who had worked more than four years as a jailer, and Janice, hired two years ago, were released on bail Wednesday. The men face charges of bringing a prohibited substance into a correctional facility, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison.
'We are requesting the D.A. push for maximum punishment,' Anderson said.
King did not return a message left with his mother. Janice could not be reached for comment.
The men have been temporarily suspended without pay.
Paperwork is being drawn up for their terminations, Anderson said.
Both jailers were arrested in front of their colleagues after the undercover officers witnessed the transactions and Janice walked back into the confinement center to deliver the drugs.
Anderson said more arrests are likely.
'We believe it is isolated to a small group of people. This is not a widespread operation, but we have intelligence that leads us to believe there are a few more people involved.'
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