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4 Shelby County jailers indicted after trying to smuggle drugs into jail

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SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) -

Four Shelby County jailers were arrested Thursday night and Friday morning, accused of trying to sneak OxyContin into the jail to inmates.

All four jailers face federal charges and are named in federal indictments.

The indictments allege attempted possession with the intent to distribute OxyContin, which is a schedule II controlled substance.

The jailers indicted are Anthony Thomas of Memphis, Marcus Green of Covington, Brian Grammer of Memphis, and Torriano Vaughn of Cordova.

Chip Washington with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office says Thomas resigned last month, on February 15.

The three others are relieved of duty without pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Court documents say the jailers would contact inmates, offering to smuggle illegal drugs in the jail for money. They would then meet someone outside the jail to get OxyContin in exchange for money. Then they would smuggle the contraband inside the Shelby County Jail and give it to the inmates. The scheme all started as early as May of last year, according to court records.

"Over a year ago we began a long term investigation regarding drugs being smuggled into our jail," said Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham in a written statement. "This activity will not be tolerated. The Sheriff's Office will attack this with all of the resources available to us. Finally, to the other employees willing to violate their oath and put jailers at risk, we will get you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."

Oldham says such activity will not be tolerated.

The accusations have many people shaking their heads.

"They should stay behind bars, just like they'll do the next person," said Tina Moring, reacting to the news.

"They need to be in jail with them for sneaking drugs in the jailhouse," said Memphian Passisha Brown.

If convicted, each person would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

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