Nurse Accused of Smuggling Drugs

Nurse was giving ecstasy and marijuana to inmates, authorities say

By Kate Allt
|  Saturday, Jul 17, 2010  |  Updated 12:45 PM CDT
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A nurse is accused of smuggling drugs, including ecstasy and marijuana, into the Cook County Jail and distributing them to inmates.

Kuna Winding, 33, was a Licensed Practical Nurse at Cermak Hospital, where she worked since January. The hospital serves nearly 10,000 inmates, with whom Winding had frequent contact.

An investigation from the Cook County Sheriff’s office found that Winding began regularly smuggling contraband into work and distributed it while delivering medications on her rounds.

She was arrested this week and charged with four felonies: criminal conspiracy, official misconduct, bringing a controlled substance into a penal institution and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

She was ordered held in lieu of $400,000 bail and been suspended without pay.

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