Guard Accused of Smuggling Pot Into Cook County Jail

Guard, inmate and inmate's associated charged in ring

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    Lawrence Pope and Taveda Driver are accused of teaming up with a jail guard for the smuggling scheme.

    A correctional officer, a jail inmate and another person have been arrested and charged with smuggling marijuana and other contraband into the Cook County Jail.

    Guard Jermaine Hoskins, 37, was taken into custody Friday after investigators say they found $1,000 worth of marijuana and tobacco during a search of his car.

    Investigators say tubes of toothpaste were also found in Hoskins' car. It's believed the caps are used to measure out marijuana to the detainees.

    Hoskins, who has been in his position for around two years, faces felony charges of bringing contraband into a penal institution by an employee and official misconduct.

    Taveda Driver, 41, is accused of of providing payment and the items to Hoskins. She's charged with  bribery of a public officer.

    Officials say driver is an associate of inmate Lawrence Pope, 33. Pope is also charged with bribery of a public officer.

    He's been held in the jail since August on a $250,000 bond for an aggravated domestic battery charge.