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Jail officer charged with smuggling contraband

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Authorities say a Shelby County corrections officer has been charged with attempting to smuggle marijuana and other contraband into a jail.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says deputy jailer Rumeal Moore was arrested Wednesday.

"Anytime an officer breaks the law it's disheartening for those of us who work at 201 Poplar and in this system day in and day out," Shelby County district attorney Amy Weirich said.

Sheriff Bill Oldham said investigators set up a videotaped sting operation and Moore was seen taking marijuana, loose tobacco and $$300 in cash from someone.

"Posing as individuals who had relatives in the jail, we wanted to set contraband in the jail and we were willing to pay for it," he said.

Authorities say Moore acknowledged smuggling tobacco, matches and marijuana into a downtown Memphis jail on several occasions. He has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell marijuana and intent to introduce contraband into a jail facility.

Oldham said Moore has been an employee since 2007.

"He has two minor disciplinary infractions, one written reprimand for AWOL where he was absent without leave and didn't supply such documentation, and also a 10-day suspension again for AWOL where he was sick and had no documentation," Oldham said.

Moore has been relieved of duty.

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