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Former Jackson County jail guard admits taking bribes, smuggling contraband

Two guards, one inmate and two others were charged last summer with smuggling contraband into the Jackson County Detention Center after 200 law enforcement officers from several agencies searched the jail. One of them pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court.
Two guards, one inmate and two others were charged last summer with smuggling contraband into the Jackson County Detention Center after 200 law enforcement officers from several agencies searched the jail. One of them pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court. along@kcstar.com

A former corrections officer in Jackson County has pleaded guilty to smuggling contraband to inmates.

Andre Lamonte Dickerson will serve one year and four months in prison as part of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Dickerson, 26, was arrested last year inside the Jackson County Detention Center.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to two counts that involved the use of a telephone to further corruption by a public servant.

According to his plea agreement, Dickerson admitted that he took $500 to smuggle items including two packs of cigarettes, a cellphone and a cellphone charger to an inmate.

Dickerson then told the inmate that for a $2,500 monthly fee, he would provide the inmate with cigarettes, drugs and phones.

He also said he would ensure that the inmate would be the only one in his area of the jail who would receive contraband.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

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