INTERNAL INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN OFFICER’S ARREST
Thursday, October 7, 2010— A Cook County Jail correctional officer will appear in bond court today after an internal investigation revealed he was willing to accept cash to deliver narcotics to an inmate on his tier, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Thursday.
Timothy Fuller, 42, of Oak Park, is charged with four felonies – possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of cocaine with intent to deliver – after being arrested in a sting operation carried out by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office of Professional Review. Fuller is a 15-year correctional officer who worked in the jail’s medium-security Division 11 building.
The investigation began after OPR – the independent internal investigations unit Dart established when he took office in 2006 - received credible information that Fuller was involved in suspicious activity at the jail involving inmates under his watch.
Investigators learned that Fuller had agreed to smuggle marijuana into the jail for an inmate, provided that inmate would pay him $400 for the effort. Fuller also requested that the inmate have a woman deliver the drugs and cash to him, because he wanted to flirt with her and, he later suggested, take her out on a date.
On Sunday, Fuller called the number provided by the inmate and after exchanging voicemails, Fuller and the woman – a Cook County Sheriff’s undercover police officer – discussed meeting in person to carry out the transaction. Fuller and the officer chatted socially, then agreed to meet on Monday, away from the jail after his shift ended at 3 p.m.
Fuller called after he left work and confirmed that the woman had “a pack” for him, along with $400 cash. After confirming she had the drugs, the two met at an agreed location.
In an exchange captured entirely on video, Fuller entered the passenger side of the officer’s undercover vehicle to carry out the transaction. He engaged in friendly conversation with the officer before asking the officer to hand him the drugs.
The officer then handed Fuller a plastic grocery bag filled with 15.9 grams of cocaine and 135 grams of marijuana, which he opened and smelled. The officer then handed Fuller a handful of $20 bills, which he counted. At that point, observing Cook County Sheriff’s officers swarmed the vehicle and placed Fuller under arrest. As they took him from the vehicle, Fuller scattered the money on the ground.
Fuller has been in Cook County Sheriff’s Police custody since Monday afternoon and is set to appear in bond court at 26th and California at 11 a.m. today.
Based on information obtained during this investigation and statements made by Fuller, the OPR investigation remains ongoing.
Pursuant to department policy, Fuller will now be suspended with pay pending a termination hearing before the Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board.