DeKalb jailer accused of smuggling pot to inmate

A DeKalb County jailer was arrested Friday on charges of smuggling marijuana, cigarettes and clothes to an inmate, authorities said.

Two other detention officers were fired for failing to report on or attempt to prevent officer Toreka D. Crossley from sneaking the contraband to inmate Everett Hill, jail officials said.

Crossley, 30, was charged with felony counts of smuggling and violating her oath as sworn detention officer.

Investigators with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office of Professional Standards cited 30-year-old officer Yakeyda Strozier for knowing about Crossley's illegal activities and not telling supervisors, DeKalb Sheriff's spokeswoman Mikki Jones said.

Crossley had worked with the sheriff's office since July 2005.

Strozier admitted to investigators that she delivered an envelope to the inmate — a "serious violation" of rules — but said she was unaware of the contents, Jones said.

Strozier was dismissed, after nearly four years with the Sheriff's office.

Antonio Hill, 36 and unrelated to the inmate, was fired for admittedly allowing Crossley to bring clothes to inmate Hill. Officer Hill also failed to document Crossley's visits to the inmate, authorities said.

Everett Hill, 28, has a lengthy criminal history with drug and weapons arrests in DeKalb dating back to 1998 among his offenses, jail records show.

He most recently was booked into the jail in November on burglary, aggravated assault, witness tampering and weapons charges, according to jail records.

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