Schuette Charges Corrections Officers, Inmate With Smuggling Drugs Into Prison

Contact: John Sellek or Joy Yearout 517-373-8060
Agency: Attorney General

November 23, 2011  

         LANSING -  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced the Attorney General's Public Integrity Unit has charged one former corrections officer, one current corrections officer and one inmate for their roles in allegedly smuggling marijuana and tobacco into Ryan Correctional Facility in Detroit.  The charges result from a joint investigation by the Attorney General and Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Corrections after marijuana and tobacco were discovered in the cell of an inmate.

 "Corruption of those we pay and trust to protect us is simply unacceptable," said Schuette.  "Prisoners are there for justice not enjoyment."

 

It is alleged that former corrections officer Corey Louis Young, 37, of Detroit, and corrections officer Joseph Louis Jordan, 27, of Detroit, accepted payments from friends and relatives of inmates in exchange for smuggling marijuana and tobacco products into their cells in the Ryan Correctional Facility.  The scheme was uncovered on August 11, 2010, when a prison search of the cell belonging to inmate Carlos Neely, 29, revealed contraband tobacco and marijuana.  Investigation by Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Corrections later revealed that Young allegedly brought a handgun on to prison property in his vehicle, which is a criminal violation.    

 

The defendants were arrested by Michigan State Police today, and the following charges against them have been filed with the 36th District Court in Detroit:

  • Corey Louis Young - 8 Counts:

    • One count of Misconduct in Office, a five year felony;

    • Four Counts of Furnishing Contraband to a Prisoner in Prison, a five year felony;

    • One count Conspiracy to Furnish Marijuana to a Prisoner, a five year felony;

    • One count of Bringing Contraband into a Prison, a five year felony; and

    • One count of Bringing a Weapon onto a Correctional Facility, a Five Year Felony.

  • Joseph Louis Jordan - 3 Counts:

    • One count of Misconduct in Office, a five year felony;

    • One Count of Furnishing Contraband to a Prisoner in Prison, a five year felony; and

    • One count Conspiracy to Furnish Marijuana to a Prisoner, a five year felony.

  • Carlos Neely - 2 Counts

    • One count of Prisoner in Possession of Contraband, a five year felony; and

    • One count Conspiracy to Furnish Marijuana to a Prisoner, a five year felony;

Young and Jordan were arrested by Michigan State Police on November 22, 2011 and are in custody at Detroit's 6th Precinct.  The two defendants are expected to be arraigned by Magistrate Renee McDuffee of Detroit's 36th District Court by video in this afternoon.  Arrangements are being made for Neely's arraignment from prison.

 

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.


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