Sheriff’s Office Employee Charged with Smuggling Drugs into Santa Rita Jail
DUBLIN — An Alameda County Sheriff’s Office employee has been charged with smuggling heroin and methamphetamine into Santa Rita Jail. Shannon L. Taylor, 51 of Antioch, was allegedly working with an inmate inside the jail.
Taylor formerly worked at the jail as an office technician. She purportedly supplied drugs for an inmate to sell inside the jail and they allegedly split the profits.
An extensive investigation was conducted over a period of several months. Taylor was arrested in June and the Alameda District Attorney’s Office filed multiple charges against her on July 29.
Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said in a prepared statement, “It is deeply troubling that an employee of the Sheriff’s Office engaged in this degree of criminal conduct.”
Taylor is accused of bringing illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia into the jail in December 2019, and April and June this year.
Taylor was booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on June 17, but she has since been released from custody. She is scheduled to be arraigned on August 14 on four drug-related charges-
Bringing drugs into a jail
Possession for sale of a controlled substance
Sale of a Controlled substance
Transportation of a controlled substance
Taylor was allegedly working with Leonard C. Jones, 37, an inmate awaiting trial for attempted murder and assault charges. Jones now also faces additional charges for possession and sale of drugs inside the county jail.