Jail Officer Arrested, Charged With Having Contraband

Probationary officer had pot, cell phone and DVDs in his bag, police say

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    Dwayne Jones

    A probationary correctional officer at the Cook County Jail was arrested and immediately fired Monday after it was discovered he'd brought contraband into the facility, officials said.

    Dwayne Jones, of the 10300 block of Walden Parkway, was charged with three felonies: two counts of possession of contraband in a penal institution and one count of officer misconduct, a release from the sheriff's office said. During a court appearance Tuesday, he was freed on $10,000 bond.

    Acting on a tip, investigators with the Sheriff’s Office of Professional Review approached Jones Monday while he was working at the jail.

    In his bag, investigators found 10 grams of marijuana, a cell phone and charger, earphones and several DVDs, including episodes of last year’s Discovery Channel series "Cook County Jail" and the ongoing MSNBC series "The Squeeze," which focuses on the roles of the sheriff’s gang intelligence officers inside and outside the jail.

    Officers are prohibited from possessing electronics while in the jail. Particularly, according to the sheriff's office, cell phones are valuable contraband for detainees because all phone conversations made on phones inside the jail are recorded by sheriff’s investigators.

    Police believe that Jones, who worked the midnight shift in Division 4 of the jail, planned to watch the DVDs on a computer used to track inmate information and did not intend to share it with prisoners.

    He denied the marijuana was his, police said.

    Jones was hired in August, according to the release. His next court date is set for April 6.