D.C. jail guard charged with smuggling
A Greenbelt man working as a D.C. corrections officer has admitted smuggling marijuana, cell phones and cigarettes to prisoners in recent months, authorities said Friday.
Ryan E. Motley, 23, described by the Corrections Department as "a former employee," was on the payroll as recently as Nov. 23. That afternoon, he was in uniform, headed into the D.C. jail to begin his shift, when a routine security check turned up two cell phones wrapped in plastic in the inner lining of his protective vest, authorities said in an affidavit.
The discovery was made at the employees' entrance to the jail in the 1900 block of D Street SE, according to the affidavit, signed by a Corrections Department investigator and made public Friday in D.C. Superior Court. The affidavit says Motley was taken to a private room at the jail and interviewed by the investigator.
After waiving his right to remain silent, Motley "stated that he attempted to smuggle the two cellular phones past the security checkpoint with the intention to distribute them to an inmate(s) in the Southeast One Housing Unit" of the jail, the affidavits says.
Motley "stated that the two cellular phones were a portion of a larger package of contraband, which included cigarettes and marijuana," the affidavit says. It says that Motley admitted receiving well over $1,000 in cash since August for smuggling contraband into the jail "on behalf of several inmates housed in Southeast One."
After the interview, Motley gave written consent for authorities to search the bedroom of his apartment in the 9300 block of Edmonston Road in Greenbelt, according to the affidavit.
There, a Greenbelt police officer "recovered a large quantity of marijuana, cigarettes and additional items," the corrections investigator said in the affidavit. "Your affiant believes that the recovered items from the security checkpoint and [Motley's] apartment were packaged in a manner consistent with the trafficking of contraband into correctional facilities."
Motley made his brief initial appearance in Superior Court Friday evening and was released pending a preliminary hearing later this month. He is charged with unlawful introduction of contraband into a penal institution, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
His lawyer could not be located for comment. The Corrections Department declined to say how long Motley had been working at the jail.
"We can confirm that Ryan Motley, a former employee of the D.C. Department of Corrections, has been taken into custody," spokeswoman Sylvia Lane said in a statement. "We are prohibited from sharing any further information as this case is part of an ongoing investigation."
| December 3, 2010; 6:05 PM ET
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