What a catch! Airport screeners found they had to check out a 20-plus-pound lobster at Boston s Logan Airport. It was not immediately known if the passenger was allowed to keep the lobster found in the checked baggage.
Screeners for the Transportation Security Administration often deal with unique items, including weapons, that passengers try to bring aboard flights.
In Februray, TSA screeners at Dulles International Airport had to deal with a bag full of horse meat and genitals that was hidden in juice boxes. Two women coming from Mongolia had the roughly 42 pounds of meat in bags. The meat was seized and destroyed.
Guards accepted hundreds of dollars in bribes for smuggling contraband cellphones, cigarettes and drugs into the Jackson County Detention Center, according to federal charges unsealed Monday in the wake of an early morning raid at the jail. Two guards, a jail inmate and an alleged fixer on the outside were charged in two separate schemes. The cost of smuggling cellphones into the downtown Kansas City jail ranged from $100 to $500, according to court documents. Cigarettes: as much as $25 a pack. In the first scheme, one guard allegedly smuggled in a phone and offered to grant a detainee who was acting as a government informant the exclusive right to receive smuggled narcotics, cigarettes and phones on his floor. The guard s proposed fee was $2,500 a month, authorities allege.
In a separate scheme, a guard and the inmate arranged with the alleged fixer to smuggle in contraband, prosecutors said. The guard was pregnant with the inmate s child at the time. Charges against the four the latest accusations stemming from a broader federal 2015 investigation into the jail were filed last week under seal. Charging documents were made public after the four were arrested. Those court filings were unsealed several hours after 200 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies arrived on buses outside the Jackson County Detention Center early Monday and searched the facility for more than four hours. Guard Andre Lamonte Dickerson, 26, of Kansas City, is accused in the first scheme.
Charged in the second scheme were guard Jalee Caprice Fuller, 29, of Independence, and inmate Carlos Laron Hughley, 32, allegedly the father of Fuller s recently born baby. Janikkia Lashay Carter, 36, is accused of being a go-between on the outside who arranged for the transfer of contraband into the facility. Hughley and Carter are from Kansas City. Along with the charges, federal prosecutors filed motions seeking to have all four defendants held in custody without bond. In the case of Dickerson and Fuller, prosecutors said that their alleged criminal activity jeopardized the safety of honest corrections officers and compromised inmate safety.
Both defendants took money in exchange for disregarding their duties as corrections officers, Deputy U.S. Attorney Gene Porter wrote in a motion for detention. Both defendants acted in concert with others as they placed personal financial gain above their obligation to provide honest and faithful service as a corrections officer.
But when Fuller and Carter made their initial appearances Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Porter said the government was withdrawing its request for their pretrial detention. They were ordered released on personal recognizance. Dickerson and Hughley made their initial court hearings Monday afternoon, and prosecutors are still seeking to have them detained. Because Hughley is being held already on other charges, he would not qualify for bond in the new case. A hearing to determine if bond will be set in Dickerson s case was scheduled for Thursday.
A preliminary hearing for all four is set for Thursday. They face a maximum sentence of five years in prison, if convicted of the charge, which alleges the use of a telephone with the intent to facilitate unlawful activity. During the court appearances Monday, Porter said that authorities obtained a substantial number of recorded phone calls during the investigation. Arrangements to smuggle in cellphones were conducted over land lines inmates have permission to use at the jail, which are routinely monitored.
The arrests are the latest outgrowth of a two-year federal investigation that initially focused on guards use of excessive force on inmates. Five former guards were accused of brutalizing prisoners in those cases. Four are awaiting trial, and charges against the fifth former guard were dismissed after two trials ended in hung juries. Since then, the probe has expanded to other issues. Security concerns at the jail were heightened last summer after two women reported being raped inside the jail by male inmates who were able to roam free for hours in the middle of the night. Jackson County Executive Frank White and County Legislature officials have since hired three sets of consultants to evaluate all aspects of the facility and operations.
In a prepared statement, White said that one of the corrections officers charged in the smuggling case is no longer employed at the jail, and the other is on unpaid administrative leave, without specifying them by name.
We have dedicated and well-trained associates working hard inside the jail each and every day, but we must hold those who are breaking the rules accountable if we want to make forward progress, he said. We will not tolerate such reckless behavior. The latest investigation was conducted by an FBI agent on temporary assignment from the bureau s Los Angeles office and a Jackson County sheriff s investigator. Two informants, one inside the jail and one outside, helped with the stings. According to the complaint, the agent arrived in April primarily to investigate allegations of abuse and corruption by Jackson County correctional officers. According to the criminal complaint opened Monday, Fuller was pregnant with Hughley s child while she was a corrections officer and he was an inmate at the jail. They were both acquainted with Carter, who allegedly recently helped arrange to have a cellphone smuggled into the jail for $300.
Authorities said Fuller delivered it to an informant in a paper bag on May 23. The bag also contained Xanax pills, which Hughley allegedly took. According to Jackson County Circuit Court records, Hughley is being held in the jail on charges of domestic assault, armed criminal action, drug possession and resisting arrest. Last year, he was placed on probation in a drug distribution case, and prosecutors have filed a motion to have his probation revoked, according to court records.
Dickerson allegedly charged $500 to smuggle in a phone, phone charger and two packs of Newport cigarettes. According to authorities, he solicited a $2,500 monthly fee to give an inmate acting as an informant exclusive rights to receive contraband on the jail s fifth floor. This isn t the first time that guards have been accused of supplying drugs to detainees at the detention center. In a lawsuit filed last month, a former inmate said a guard failed to intervene while he was being raped by another male inmate. The victim said his attack was interrupted temporarily by the guard, who came to the pod door and slipped a bag of white powder to the attacker. According to an attorney for the alleged rape victim, the unnamed corrections officer was well known at the detention center as a drug mule who would routinely provide drugs and other outside contraband to prisoners.
Officials would not speculate on whether further charges will be filed as a result of Monday s search operation. Kansas City police officers, FBI agents and Jackson County sheriff s deputies arrived at the detention center shortly after 3 a.m. As the search wound down, Darrin Jones, FBI special agent in charge of the Kansas City office, told reporters on the sidewalk outside the jail that it was a coordinated operation, but declined to give further details other than it was pursuant to an ongoing investigation. Flanked by Sheriff Mike Sharp, Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Joe Piccinini, the head of the detention center, Jones said it was wrong to characterize the operation as a raid.
While this was no doubt a surprise to a great number of the occupants in this facility, Jones said, it was very carefully coordinated with jail staff and other agencies.
Sharp thanked the Missouri departments of correction and public safety for their help with the operation.
While the clean-up crews descend upon what’s left of Worthy Farm, four of our Glastonbury correspondents have selected their highlights from the last day of the festival, from millennial nostalgia to security guards abandoning protocol to groove to Barry Gibb. Additionally, check out our highlights from Friday and Saturday at the festival.
1. Chic: Le Freak
Chic won the Glastonbury danceathon, no contest. The sun came out and a jam packed hillside pulled all their best disco moves to a slick, sleek, funky set from Nile Rodgers and his phenomenal groove merchants. Le Freak really got the freak flags flying. Set of the festival for this old disco fool. NM
2. Ed Sheeran: Thinking Out Loud
You can’t beat a mass singalong to really get to the essence of why music matters. And singalongs don’t get any more massive than 100,000 dazed and happy revellers belting out a romantic ballad beneath Somerset skies, accompanied by one man and his battered acoustic guitar. That is pure Glastonbury magic. We found love right where we are! NM
Ed Sheeran on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday night Credit: Paul Grover for The Telegraph
3. Yorkston, Thorne and Khan
While it’s easy to stumble upon a whole new field or an excellent hidden bar at Glastonbury, the best festivals give you a couple of artists to go home and listen to afterwards. At Sunday lunchtime West Holts was in its natural state; full of people lazing around, its army of coloured flags rippling in the breeze. And Yorkston, Thorne and Khan, the Indian-folk/jazzy trio, collided to give a wig-out that rang beautifully over it all, Suhail Yusuf Khan’s vocals concertinaing over a jam so deeply felt it was as if you were observing a particularly good band practice. I don’t know the song name, I’ve barely heard of the band, but I’ll be playing them at home the minute I get there. AV
4. Haim’s righteous Right Now
Right Now has only been out for a few weeks – it’s one of the handful of new songs that Haim have tantalisingly released as part of a long-awaited comeback. But it became a live classic at the Other Stage on Sunday evening as Californian sisters Este, Danielle and Alana united around three glimmering drum sets and built a glorious wall of defiance against the fool who hurt them. AV
California sister trio Haim Credit: Paul Grover for The Telegraph
5. Pink Oculus felt delicious
It takes a lot to lure in a weary l, homeward-bound soul at 2am, but Pink Oculus proved siren-like when I heard her query to the Pussy Parlure “do you feel delicious, Glastonbury?” resonate across Silver Hayes. With the lyrical flow of Azealia Banks crossed with Princess Nokia, the Dutch performer, clad in an iridescent mac and blue catsuit, admitted that yes, she did indeed feel delicious, halfway through her barnstorming set in the dance field. It’s fair to say that, by Monday morning, the crowd felt less so, but this was not going to stop them from dancing. AV
6. The Killers do Mr Brightside
Like it or loathe it, the Las Vegas quartet’s 2004 hit was arguably the definitive song of the early Noughties indie-disco scene (and has become a favourite at weddings). Concluding their secret set at the John Peel Stage on Sunday afternoon, The Killers burst into Mr Brightside and, boy, did the packed-out crowd respond: arms aloft, shouting out the lyrics at the top of their longs, hugging anyone who was nearby. It was huge. PS
The Killers during their surprise Glastonbury set Credit: Rob Loud/Getty Images
7. Justice remind us that We Are Your Friends
While Ed Sheeran was headlining the Pyramid, West Holts was the setting for a sharp blast of mid-Noughties nostalgia. Justice, the French duo whose colourful cocktail of Daft Punk-like house and dirty, swaggering rock, sent the glowsticked crowd – which included Glass Animals’ frontman Dave Bayley – berserk when they segued into their classic remix of Simian Mobile Disco s We Are Your Friends, a track that came to define that decade’s clubbing scene. PS
8. Security’s Staying Alive dance
Barry Gibb’s set on the Pyramid Stage was a wonderful piece of unifying nostalgia anyway, but when the blue-shirted security guards ranged between the stage and the crowd burst into a co-ordinated dance during Staying Alive, it was a special moment. Glastonbury only had about three hours of proper uninterrupted sun this weekend, and it came out at the precise moment that the unexpected bouncers’ boogie started. JH
9. Kano’s full-band grime
Think that grime music is a DIY genre made on laptops in people’s bedrooms? Think again. Kano brought brass, strings and an upright piano to his headlining set up at the Park Stage, proving that grime can be even more thrilling when played by a full band. The full sound – which shook you to the core – in no way diluted or softened his music’s raw power. Quite the opposite: it took it to another level. JH
10. Crazy Cabaret field
Think of people in gorilla costumes and you think of crap stag parties or fun-runners in marathons. But, sitting on a bed of straw in the cabaret field, the most life-like ‘gorilla’ you could imagine drew a crowd of awestruck children. They sat in silence with the beast, utterly mesmerised by its slow and natural movements, some leaning in to let it de-flea their hair. A man hovered past the children on a flying carpet. Behind them, a troupe of grannies started body-popping to hip hop. Sometimes daft, always surprising, Glastonbury’s Cabaret Field is a place of wonder. JH
- ^ clean-up crews descend upon what’s left of Worthy Farm (www.news4security.co.uk)
- ^ Friday (www.news4security.co.uk)
- ^ Saturday (www.news4security.co.uk)
- ^ one man and his battered acoustic guitar (www.news4security.co.uk)
- ^ at the Other Stage on Sunday evening (www.news4security.co.uk)
- ^ their secret set at the John Peel Stage on Sunday afternoon (www.news4security.co.uk)
- ^ Barry Gibb’s set on the Pyramid Stage (www.news4security.co.uk)
- ^ #Glastonbury2017 (twitter.com)
- ^ https://t.co/bgnWmYDQT5 (t.co)
- ^ pic.twitter.com/LaVyUWKvS9 (t.co)
- ^ June 25, 2017 (twitter.com)
- ^ his headlining set up at the Park Stage (www.news4security.co.uk)
- ^ Glastonbury Festival 2017 in pictures: space cowboys, stone circles and singalongs (cf-particle-html.eip.news4security.co.uk)