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Thursday, January 12, 2006

FCI officer arrested for giving marijuana to inmates

Chris Norwood
Daily Home Online, AL

TALLADEGA — A corrections officer at the Federal Correctional Institution was arrested Tuesday afternoon by the FBI on a charge of attempting to provide or possess contraband in prison, according to a press release issued Wednesday morning.

Ronald Lee Hammonds, 35, of Sycamore was arrested without incident in the Taco Bell parking lot in Talladega at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the press release.

According to Supervisory Special Agent Raymond C. Zicarelli, Hammonds is accused of providing marijuana to prison inmates. The arrest was made following an investigation that went on for more than two months.

According to the press release, the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, the Marshall County Drug Task Force, the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Talladega Police Department and the FBI all participated or assisted in Hammonds’ arrest.

According to Zicarelli, the Marshall County Task Force got involved because they are a participating agency, with the FBI, in the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force.


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