FBI raids Atlanta jail, detention officers, deputy sheriff arrested www.privateofficer.com
Atlanta GA June 30 2011 Four Fulton County jail officials have been cited in a federal indictment on 11 counts, ranging from possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute to extortion under color of official right.
Indicted were Brian Shelby Anthony, a detention officer, Aqeel Muhsin Rasheed, Keithan Henri James and Robert Lee Swain Jr. A fifth individual, whose name was redacted, will likely be named in a separate criminal complaint to be released later.
The four indicted individuals will appear before a federal magistrate Thursday evening.
The indictments follow an FBI raid on the Fulton County jail Thursday morning in which four people were arrested. The four arrested were one Fulton County Sheriff’s deputy and three detention officers. They were taken into custody during roll call, the source said.
One of the detention officers had a cell phone in his possession when he was arrested. Cell phones are not allowed inside the jail facility.
Deputies and detention officers both work at the jail, but deputies have other law enforcement duties outside the jail and are armed. Detention officers work only at the jail and are not armed.
A caravan of seven black vehicles pulled out of the jail parking lot around 9:15 a.m. after the raid was over. Sheriff’s deputies set up roadblocks so the FBI vehicles could leave unimpeded.
The arrested officers were taken to Atlanta FBI headquarters off Clairmont Road in DeKalb County. They left there shortly after noon for an undisclosed location.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office scheduled a news conference at 3 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building in downtown Atlanta, spokesman Patrick Crosby said.
Thursday’s raid comes just over a week after an inmate was shot by another inmate.
Fulton County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said the injured inmate was shot in the hand and a small gun “no larger than a mobile telephone” was found in the June 21 incident. No other inmate was injured, and the wounded inmate’s injury was not considered life threatening.
An earlier report from a deputy inside the jail said several shots were involved and that the incident occurred on the jail’s seventh floor, which houses some the jail’s most dangerous inmates. Flanagan did not provide any information on the number of shots involved or where the incident occurred.
The jail statement said the two inmates involved in the incident had a dispute concerning the commissary. Details of the dispute were not disclosed.
Flanagan said the injured inmate was treated by medical personnel within the jail.
While the jail did not release the identity of the injured inmate, it identified the alleged shooter as Kortez Hurt, who has an extensive rap sheet, including an assortment of felony murder, aggravated assault, drug possession and theft charges.
Hurt was in the Fulton Jail on his 14th incarceration, the jail said. He will face additional charges of aggravated assault and party to a gang in connection with the shooting.