0

Snellville man charged in jail drug sting

ATLANTA -- Federal prosecutors charged four Fulton County jailers on Thursday with smuggling drugs and cellphones in the facility, and a Snellville man was among four more charged for helping distribute cocaine outside the jail.

Robert Lee Swain Jr., 29, of Snellville and three others were indicted on charges of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, in connection with their alleged agreements with Fulton County officials to get drugs inside the jail.

Brian Shelby Anthony, one of the detention officers, is charged with accepting almost $27,000 in a deal with Swain -- along with Aqeel Muhsin Rasheed, Keithan Henri James and Rayfield Lewis II -- to buy at least five kilograms of cocaine. He's also accused of taking bribes to deliver marijuana to an inmate.

The other two detention officers, Akil Scott and Derick Deshun Frazier, face charges of taking bribes to facilitate drug deals and delivering phones and cigarettes to inmates. Sheriff's Deputy Marvie Trevino Dingle took at least $2,000 to distribute hundreds of grams of cocaine, prosecutors said.

The jail has faced even more scrutiny since an inmate was shot in the hand inside the jail on June 21, with a small gun that was no bigger than a cellphone. Federal prosecutors are still investigating how the weapon got inside the facility.

The Associated Press contributed to this report