An Alameda County Sheriff's Office technician was charged this week with multiple felony counts for allegedly smuggling methamphetamine and a cellphone to an inmate currently incarcerated in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin for a murder case.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office filed 10 felony charges on Wednesday against Shannon Taylor -- who works for the ACSO and who is currently out of custody -- including three counts of bringing drugs into a jail, four counts for possession for sale of a controlled substance, two counts of sale of a controlled substance, and one count of transportation of a controlled substance, according to court records.
“Shannon Taylor’s actions not only violate the law, but also the trust the public places in those working within the justice system,” DA Nancy O’Malley said in a statement.
"My office will ensure that both defendants are held to account. They not only broke the law, but also put the health and safety of inmates and staff at the jail at risk," O'Malley added. "It is deeply troubling that an employee of the sheriff’s office engaged in this degree of criminal conduct, and I commend the excellent investigation that uncovered the crimes."
Taylor was arrested on June 17, following an "extensive investigation" which revealed the defendant "on multiple occasions illegally brought a cellphone and methamphetamine into the jail and furnished it" to a Santa Rita Jail inmate, according to O'Malley. A search of Taylor's body and her purse allegedly yielded methamphetamine, and 39 grams of heroin were found during a subsequent search of her home in Antioch.
"It is alleged that the two were working together -- she furnishing the methamphetamine for him to sell in the jail and sharing in the proceeds of the sales," O'Malley added.
The inmate, Leonard Jones, was scheduled for arraignment for the new case on Friday. Four years ago, Jones was convicted of attempted murder for a 2013 shooting, but had not been sentenced yet, when he was then charged with the murder of another person two months earlier.
Taylor is expected to be arraigned on Aug. 14.