WEST PALM BEACH — Two Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputies have been arrested this week after investigators say they labored with inmates to convey medication into the county jail the place they have been assigned.
Jose Gutierrez, 35, and Karl Kirkland, 56, each faces expenses of introducing contraband right into a correctional facility. Whereas Gutierrez is charged with possession of marijuana, Kirkland faces one depend of armed trafficking of methamphetamines as a result of investigators mentioned he had his PBSO firearm on him on the time of the alleged crime.
Gutierrez, who’s represented by protection lawyer Gregory Salnick, was launched on $11,000 bond Tuesday. Kirkland was positioned on $165,000 bail Wednesday morning by Circuit Decide Charles Burton. As of Thursday morning, Kirkland remained within the county jail.
PBSO report alleges some medication have been delivered in Domino’s pizza packing containers
Within the PBSO stories, detectives clarify they have been investigating “unlawful contraband being launched into the Palm Seaside County Essential Detention Middle by inmates with the help of corrections deputies.”
It is unclear if some other corrections deputies are concerned within the case or how lengthy the sheriff’s workplace was conscious of the state of affairs.
In a number of telephone calls recorded on March 31, a man who has been within the jail since 2017 on fraud and theft expenses spoke with a number of folks in what investigators mentioned was an association to decide up after which ship marijuana to the detention heart on Gun Membership Highway in suburban West Palm Seaside.
The Palm Seaside Publish shouldn’t be naming the person who helped coordinate the alleged drug smuggling from contained in the jail as a result of he had not been charged within the case as of late Wednesday, based on court docket information.
On the finish of one of many telephone conversations, a person mentioned “that is Uber eats for J. Gutierrez. Deputy J. Gutierrez.”
Inside hours of the dialog, a person drove as much as the principle jail and delivered what appeared like a Domino’s pizza field, based on the report. As soon as Gutierrez took possession of the field, he was stopped and questioned by detectives.
Contained in the field, in plastic luggage between sandwiches and pasta, was about 83 grams – simply lower than one-fifth of a pound – of marijuana, investigators mentioned.
Gutierrez mentioned he didn’t order the meals, however his spouse typically sends him meals whereas he is working. When detectives known as his spouse, she mentioned she by no means sends him meals.
Gutierrez denied ever realizing medication have been contained in the supply field.
The person being held within the jail was scheduled to take a plea in his fraud and theft case the day after the incident. His plea was canceled April 1 and has since been moved to subsequent month, based on court docket information.
One arrest adopted assembly at a McDonald’s in Palm Seaside Gardens
Between March 25 and April 6, preparations have been additionally constituted of the identical inmate for one more supply by means of a Domino’s pizza field. Once more, he defined the supply was for the jail, however this time he mentioned the title for the order was “just like the Costco model, Kirkland.” It is unclear from the report if that supply was profitable.
Investigators later realized Kirkland was set to fulfill people supplying the alleged contraband at a McDonald’s on Northlake Boulevard in Palm Seaside Gardens on April 6, the identical day Kirkland was scheduled to work on the jail.
There, Kirkland was captured “by means of a number of surveillance methods” taking a brown bag after which heading within the path of PBSO’s headquarters off Gun Membership Highway. He handed that constructing, stopped at a fuel station, dumped the bag in a trash after which made his solution to the sheriff’s workplace, the place he was taken into custody.
Contained in the bag on the fuel station was correspondence, cigarettes and 31 grams of methamphetamine, based on the report.
Along with the 2 corrections deputy going through expenses, Isabel Rosario Demanche is listed as a co-defendant on Kirkland’s case. The 30-year-old, who was arrested Wednesday, faces expenses of conspiracy to introduce contraband and trafficking in methamphetamines and is being held on $60,000 bond on the jail.
Document present the person in jail arranging the alleged drug decide ups known as her in current weeks after which she was seen by investigators on the McDonald’s in Palm Seaside Gardeproviding a bag to Kirkland on April 6.
Based on the Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement information, Gutierrez was a corrections officer with the state Division of Corrections for almost a decade after which joined the sheriff’s workplace in January 2020. Kirkland has been a corrections deputy with the sheriff’s workplace since 2015, based on FDLE information.