Former deputy smuggled marijuana into Hamilton County Justice Center

A former sheriff’s deputy is charged with smuggling a “significant” amount of marijuana into the Hamilton County Justice Center, officials said Monday.

Former Hamilton County Correctional Officer Jason Robinson is charged with bringing marijuana into the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Jason Robinson is charged with two counts of unlawful transportation to a detention center, court records show.

Robinson, 22, was a six-month employee of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and president of its recruiting class before his arrest on Friday, Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey said at a news conference.

McGuffey said Robinson was “compromised” by an inmate who convinced him to bring the drugs into the facility, adding that Robinson was paid in return.

“Who knows where this would have gone if we hadn’t been able to step in and find out,” she said. “This individual was weak in some way and one of the prisoners saw it and was able to take advantage of it.”

The sheriff’s office recovered about three-quarters of a pound of marijuana Robinson had brought to jail, Chief Deputy Jay Gramke told reporters.

McGuffey, citing security concerns, did not reveal how Robinson was able to smuggle so much marijuana into the prison, but added that she did not believe it was an “isolated incident”. .

Doug Nicholas, Robinson’s attorney, declined to comment.

The sheriff’s office first received information about Robinson’s alleged misconduct through a prison service deputy, McGuffey said. Charges were filed within two days of the initial tip, she said.

Robinson was arrested after an interview with officers from the Regional Narcotics Unit, McGuffey said, adding that officers “literally handcuffed him.”

McGuffey said his office has a zero-tolerance policy for this type of behavior. “We’re going to make an example of this individual,” the sheriff said.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Sheriff: Former Deputy Smuggled Marijuana Into Hamilton County Jail

Elna M. Lemons