Shelby County jailers indicted for drug operation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Shelby County jailers indicted for drug operation

Tiar Shabbaz, Darryl Brandon Taylor (Courtesy: Shelby County Sheriff's Department) Tiar Shabbaz, Darryl Brandon Taylor (Courtesy: Shelby County Sheriff's Department)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted two Shelby County deputy jailers for bringing drugs to inmates at the jail.

A total of 12 people, including three current inmates, were indicted on a total of 27 violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act on Wednesday.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Memphis, Tiar Shabbaz and Darryl Brandon Taylor were employed as deputy jailers during 2008.

Shabbaz, who is still employed by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office but is currently on paid administrative leave, is named as a defendant in four cases and Taylor, who resigned in April, is named in one case.

Prosecutors said Shabbaz and Taylor possessed and distributed marijuana and the anti-anxiety medication Xanax starting in February. Each of the drug violations carries a maximum five-year prison sentence and a fine up to $250,000.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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