4 Fulton County jail workers — a Fulton County Sheriff’s deputy and 3 detention officers — were taken into custody today during a FBI raid at the jail. The raid followed a yearlong sting operation conducted by the FBI.
According to the Atlanta Journal Consitution, the 4 men were cited in a federal indictment on 11 counts, ranging from possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute to extortion under color of official right.
Indicted were Brian Shelby Anthony, a detention officer, Aqeel Muhsin Rasheed, Keithan Henri James and Robert Lee Swain Jr. A fifth individual will likely be named in a separate criminal complaint to be released later, a federal official told the AJC.
The arrests comes nearly 2 weeks after a Fulton County jail inmate shot another inmate with a derringer handgun that was found hidden behind a ceiling panel.
A subsequent search of the facility turned up 20 cellphones, multiple phone chargers and plastic zippered bags full of marijuana. The jail was on lockdown today while the arrests were made.
After the raid, a caravan of seven black vehicles pulled out of the jail parking lot around 9:15 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies set up roadblocks so the FBI vehicles could leave unimpeded.
The arrested officers were taken to Atlanta FBI headquarters off Clairmont Road in DeKalb County. They left there shortly after noon for an undisclosed location, according to the AJC.
How embarrassing for our people. We have to do better.