LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - After the Polk County Sheriff's Office opened an investigation to allegations that drugs and other contraband were getting smuggled into the jail, five people were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and prohibited substance in a correctional facility.
According to a press release East Texas News received Tuesday, the five people who were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and prohibited substance in a correctional facility, both felonies, include Christa Marque Branam, 23, of Livingston, Tony Curtis Brooks, 50, of Livingston, Stephen Lynn Croft, 42, of Cleveland, Maghen Ann Haynes, 30, of Livingston, and Sophia Yancey Schaffer, 31, of Livingston.
Branam, Haynes, and Schaffer are still being held in the Polk County Jail. Brooks and Croft have since posted bail and have been released.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division opened its investigation into the case on Oct. 27.
"Detectives learned that a trustee and at least two other inmates conspired with at least two people who were not incarcerated in the Polk County Jail to bring methamphetamine and other contraband in to the Polk County Jail," the press release stated. "Through telephone and video surveillance monitoring, detectives were able to find the responsible parties and warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity and prohibited substance in a correctional facility were secured for their arrests."
The press release stated that the five suspects were arrested and charged in the next days.
"Sheriff Kenneth Hammack advises bringing contraband in to the Polk County jail is a felony offense which will not be tolerated, and all charges possible will be filed in such cases and sent to the Polk County District Attorney's Office for prosecution."