Four people accused of smuggling drugs into Richmond City Jail

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Three men and one woman have been charged in an elaborate scheme to smuggle drugs into the Richmond jail. They were allegedly sneaking in drugs when they went off on work details, outside of the jail.

The investigation began when the sheriff's office investigations unit received reliable information alleging that jail residents Paul Cosby, 42, and Michael Hicks, 35, were conspiring with others to smuggle drugs into the jail.

After establishing surveillance of the area where the drugs were being delivered, Bilal Muhammad, 56, was arrested when he attempted to deliver the drugs. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and one count of delivery of drugs to a prisoner. Also arrested was 24 year old Iris Trent with one count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

According to the sheriff they'd been operating for quite a while:

"Yes, this same group has been bringing drugs into the jail, set up by some of the work details and the contacts they had out there. I won't go into the system of how they were doing it, but yes, they had been bringing drugs in the jail prior to their arrest that has been made," said Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody.

And the sheriff says he's looking for at least one more suspect in this smuggling ring. And expects an arrest soon.

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