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Del. Correctional Officer Charged in Prison Smuggling Scheme

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Darryl L. West Jr. Darryl L. West Jr.
SMYRNA, Del.- Delaware State Police say they have arrested a correctional officer with the Department of Correction in connection with a plan to smuggle marijuana and cellphones into the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.
 
Police said that on Saturday, detectives initiated an investigation after DOC internal affairs investigators uncovered a scheme that involved 27-year-old Darryl L. West Jr., of Bridgeville, a correctional officer at JTVCC, along with a sentenced inmate confined to the prison, to smuggle contraband into the prison.
 
Detectives said that after further interviews and investigation, it was determined that the sentenced inmate made arrangements for West to meet with an associate outside of the correctional center and obtain marijuana and cellphones to smuggle into the facility, in exchange for $800 cash. Police said West made contact with the inmate’s associate and set up a meeting where he was provided the marijuana, cellphones, and only $700 in cash.
 
Further investigation determined that the plan called for West to smuggle the contraband into the correctional center and drop at a predetermined location, where it would be picked up by a second inmate and delivered to the conspiring inmate, police said. They said a search of West’s vehicle parked at the prison revealed 113.2 grams of marijuana, two Nokia cellphones, recently purchased and in original packaging, and $700 in cash.
 
As a result of the investigation, troopers took West into custody that same day at JTVCC. He was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession with intent to deliver prison contraband to person confined within detention facility and second-degree conspiracy. He was arraigned and ordered held in the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $15,000 secured bond.
 
Troopers said they continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.
 
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