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Calhoun Correctional CO charged with bringing synthetic cannabis to inmate

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor
An Eastpoint resident who worked as a correctional officer at Calhoun Correctional Institution in Blountstown has been charged with introduction of contraband and unlawful compensation for unlawful behavior, according to the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC).

Jesse Cardwell, 28, turned himself in at the Calhoun County Jail on Nov. 15 following an investigation by FDOC. He was released after posting $7,500 bond.

FDOC discovered that Cardwell brought in synthetic cannabis to an inmate at the prison in Blountstown this past March.
The inmate told an FDOC investigator that he had instructed his mother to send money to Cardwell’s personal account at Centennial Bank through Western Union.

The contraband was brought in by Cardwell and left in a staff bathroom trash can, where the inmate later picked it up, according to the FDOC report.

The inmate indicated the drop off was made in view of a surveillance camera which recorded the officer’s actions. The video showed Cardwell letting the inmate into the laundry room. The two then proceeded to the bathroom, where the door was partially left open and Cardwell was seen holding up a clear gallon size Ziplock bag that contained what appeared to be a green leafy substance. Cardwell left empty-handed and let the inmate go in. The inmate is seen bending down; when he stands up, a large Ziplock bag is in his hand.

The inmate’s mother denied knowing Cardwell was a correctional officer. She told a DOC investigator that Cardwell sent her a picture of his personal check through text message so that she would have his account number. That photo was later forwarded to the investigator and used as evidence.

After a supoena was issued, the investigator found that a $100 was deposited via Western Union into Cardwell’s bank account in March.
The State Attorney’s Office and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.

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November 24th, 2017

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