TBI Monday arrested three people, including a former correctional officer, on charges of bribery and drug-smuggling at the Maury County Jail.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Monday arrested three people, including a former correctional officer, on charges related to bribery and drug-smuggling at the Maury County Jail.

In April of 2011, the 22nd Judicial District Attorney General requested TBI to investigate allegations of bribery and drug smuggling at the Maury County Jail.

Working a covert operation between April 2011 and July 2011, the TBI, FBI and Maury County Sheriff’s Department found that Derek Turner, 37, of Mt. Pleasant, who was employed as correctional officer at the jail, was accepting cash payments as bribes to smuggle drugs and other contraband into the facility for two inmates who were incarcerated there during that time period. Those inmates, James Pierce, 40, and Benjamin Bradley, 35, were also indicted as a result of the investigation along with Bradley’s mother, Linda Chapman, 52, of Columbia, and Pierce’s ex‐girlfriend Melinda Buie, 40, of Mt. Pleasant.

Turner, Chapman and Buie were all arrested on the charges Monday. Pierce and Bradley are currently in prison on unrelated charges. Turner resigned from the Maury County Sheriff’s Department in July of 2011.

http://columbiadailyherald.com/sections/news/local-news/three-arrested-smuggling-drugs-maury-co-jail.html

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