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Prison guards and cops convicted in large-scale drug conspiracy

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Eight current and former law enforcement officers, four correctional officers, and two other individuals have been convicted for their participation in trafficking narcotics and narcotics proceeds for a large-scale drug trafficking organization, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell announced yesterday.

When the FBI heard about “allegations of systemic corruption within the Northampton County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office,” they wasted no time in setting up an undercover investigation. In April of 2013, undercover agents posed as members of a large-scale drug trafficking organization that was responsible for introducing kilogram quantities of narcotics to be transported up the I-95 corridor.

The law enforcement officers - listed below - were recruited to work for the drug trafficking organization because of their status as or ties to law enforcement. The investigation grew as the original targets recruited others to participate. The defendants transported purported narcotics and narcotics proceeds for the drug trafficking organization in exchange for bribe payments, and some defendants carried firearms during this time.

Confronted with the mountain of evidence collected by the undercover agents, the following individuals pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of North Carolina:

  • Lann Tjuan Clanton, a former correctional officer with the Virginia Department of Corrections, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and firearm charges today;
  • Ikeisha Jacobs, a former sergeant with the NCSO, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy, firearm and bribery charges today;
  • Jason Boone, a former captain with the NCSO, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and bribery charges;
  • Adrienne Moody, a former correctional officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge;
  • Cory Jackson, a former deputy sheriff of the NCSO, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge today;
  • Jimmy Pair Jr., a former lieutenant with the NCSO, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and bribery charges;
  • Curtis Boone, a former deputy sheriff with the NCSO, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and bribery charges;
  • Alphonso Ponton, a former sergeant with the Virginia Department of Corrections, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge;
  • Thomas Jefferson Allen II, a former sergeant with the NCSO, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and bribery charges;
  • Wardie Vincent Jr., a former detective sergeant with the NCSO, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and firearms charges;
  • Alaina Sue-Kam-Ling, a former correctional officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge;
  • Kavon Phillips, a former correctional officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge;
  • Crystal Pierce, of Raleigh, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge; and
  • Tosha Dailey, a former 911 dispatch operator for Northampton County, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge.

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