Ex-DeKalb jailer pleads guilty to sneaking in contraband

A former DeKalb County sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty Monday to smuggling marijuana and other contraband into the county jail.

Toreka D. Crossley was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with one year in custody and the balance of time on probation, said Orzy Theus, a spokesman for DeKalb County District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming.

Crossley, a five-year veteran with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, was arrested in May for sneaking drugs and cigarettes to an inmate. She pleaded guilty to violating her oath of office and to furnishing prohibited items to an inmate.

The investigation began with a tip. Sheriff Thomas Brown's Office of Professional Standards received an anonymous e-mail indicating Crossley was giving contraband to an inmate with whom she had a personal relationship, Theus said.

The investigation also revealed that two other detention officers -- Yakeyda Strozier and Antonio Hill -- were negligent for allowing Crossley to enter the jail’s housing area, Theus said, adding that they both were fired.

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