Tallahassee, Florida -- April 21, 2011 -
The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) announced the April 20, 2011 arrest of Jarius Isaiah Edwards, a correctional officer at Jefferson Correctional Institution for intent to sell 100 Hydrocodone pills and 11 grams of cocaine.
The arrest came as a result of a tip by an inmate at the prison who told department inspectors that Officer Edwards had agreed to accept the pills and drugs from a third party. The tipster said Edwards was also approached about bringing in a cellular phone or marijuana into the prison but refused because of his fears of detection due to the size of the items. Edwards agreed to contact an outside source and meet with that person to pick up the prescription medication and cocaine. He was also to collect $1000 as payment for bringing the contraband into the prison.
Detectives with the Leon County Sheriff’s office assisted DOC Senior Inspector Art Roundtree with the investigation, created the operational plan and assigned an undercover officer.
Department of Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss praised his Inspector General’s Office and the Leon County Sheriff’s office for saving the Department from the kind of individual who “disgraces the reputation of the prison system and the honorable men and women who work in it.”
The correctional officer was arrested at approximately 5 pm yesterday and charged with Introduction of Drugs to a Prison, Unlawful Compensation, trafficking in Hydrocodone, Possession of Cocaine and Possession with Intent to Deliver.
Edwards was hired by the department in 2007 and worked the day shift at Jefferson CI at a salary of $30, 807.