A detention officer at the Franklin County Jail along with three inmates were arrested today (Monday) following an investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group.
The detention employee, Chase Garnett Strickland, is accused of providing contraband to an inmate. Inmates Deaven St. Charles Holmes, Joseph Butler Bradley Jr., and Jason Todd Wrenn were also charged with felony drug violations.
Deputies began investigating after receiving a tip that inmates were getting access to marijuana, marijuana edibles, cigarettes, and other contraband inside the Franklin County Jail. Deputies determined Strickland was the alleged supplier of the illegal and prohibited items to the inmates.
The investigation also exposed an elaborate pyramid scheme involving multiple inmates that gained access to the prohibited items and distributed them to other inmates. Outside sources were established to handle the finances of each transaction to ensure payment was made before the illegal items were delivered.
During a search warrant at Strickland’s home in Franklinton, NC, detectives allegedly discovered marijuana during the search.
Sheriff Kent Winstead stated, “Once we received information alleging illegal activity, our Special Operations Group made this investigation a priority and then reacted quickly to identify the source and others that were involved in distributing contraband to inmates. There is zero tolerance for this type of activity inside or outside of our facility. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.”
Strickland, 28, was charged with providing contraband to an inmate and placed in the Franklin County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond.
Inmate Deaven Homes, 29, of Franklinton was charged with providing contraband to an inmate and possession of a controlled substance in jail. Inmate Joseph Bradley Jr., 34, of Mt. Olive was charged with conspiracy to provide contraband to an inmate. And inmate Jason Wrenn, 37, of Louisburg was charged with conspiracy to provide contraband to an inmate.