Four Richmond County deputies have been arrested in a massive investigation at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center showed they were smuggling in contraband for inmates. As a result of the investigation, four deputies have been arrested: Jaquan T. German(Date of Hire: May 15, 2021) – Charged with Violation of Oath by Public Officer and Unlawful Street Gang Activity. Hunter L. Piper (Date of Hire: June 1, 2019) – Charged with Violation of Oath by Public Officer. Gabriella O. Anthony (Date of Hire: August 7. 2021) – Charged with Violation of Oath by Public Officer. Jackie J. Campbell (Date of Hire: April 20, 2019) – Charged with Violation of Oath by Public Officer. German, Piper, Anthony and Campbell have been booked and committed to the jail on the listed charges, all felonies. All four deputies were fired Wednesday from the Sheriff’s Office. On Saturday, sheriff’s investigators got a tip that employees assigned to the detention center were providing jail inmates with contraband. The sheriff’s office “immediately initiated a criminal and internal investigation into the allegations,” a press release says. In addition, Sheriff’s Office personnel conducted an extensive sweep of all housing pods in the jail. That operation yielded contraband in the form of multiple homemade weapons (shanks), cell phones, tobacco products, homemade alcohol, pills and synthetic drugs. Multiple inmates are facing charges. “The Sheriff’s Office is saddened and disappointed by the conduct of its deputies, however we are committed to follow the rule of law even if it applies to our own,” the RCSO press release says. “This investigation has made the jail a safer facility for the deputies who work there as well as the inmates we are tasked to house. We hope that this swift and decisive action reassures the public of our commitment to hold ourselves to the highest standards.” Here is what the sweep turned up and the inmates facing charges. Team 2 Sweep of A, B, C Pods C- Pod – 1 – Felony-Weapons Charge (Shank) LUKE, Terrance Jamal 1 – Misd. – (Tobacco) JOHNSON, Willie James
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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