OFFICER, TEACHER IN CUSTODY FOR JAIL DRUG SMUGGLING
Thursday, March 18, 2010 — A correctional officer at the Cook County Jail is set to appear in bond court today, while a Chicago Public Schools teacher is set to appear in bond court Friday, after they were each arrested in separate schemes to bring drugs into the jail, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced Thursday.
The unrelated plots were uncovered by internal investigations conducted by the Sheriff’s Office of Professional Review.
Kenneth Crawford, 33, of the 1000 block of North Howe in Chicago, was arrested Tuesday night in possession of marijuana while he worked in Division 1, one of the maximum security buildings at the jail. Kenneth Crawford is suspended without pay, pending a merit board hearing.
David Cambero, 61, of the 4300 block of North Whipple in Chicago, was arrested Wednesday night after he accepted cocaine from an undercover officer and agreed to deliver it to a detainee in his Spanish class at York Alternative High School, a school located inside the jail where detainees can finish their education.
Both investigations were launched as a result of tips received that the officer and the teacher were bringing drugs into the jail and smuggling them to detainees.
Crawford, hired in 2006, was working on his tier around 9 p.m. Tuesday when investigators approached him. A small amount of marijuana was found hidden in his boot. He struggled with investigators as they attempted to detain him. Investigators then brought in the jail’s K9 unit to investigate the area around Crawford’s car.
K9 Specialist Pascal Waller and his dog Butkus, a rescued pit bull, as well as K9 Specialist Eric Siciliano and his dog Honza, a German shepherd, indicated they had found drugs around the middle of the trunk of the car. Inside the trunk, officers found a package containing 30 grams of marijuana.
Crawford is charged with possession of contraband in a penal institution, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, official misconduct, resisting arrest and battery to a police officer. Each charge is a felony.
In an unrelated investigation, officials learned that Cambero, a Chicago Public Schools teacher assigned to York since 2008, was accepting cash in exchange for smuggling drugs in for detainees.
An undercover officer asked Cambero about smuggling cocaine in for a detainee and Cambero said he would smuggle it in with his school supplies.
Around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Cambero met with the officer off the jail compound and took the cocaine, agreeing to smuggle it in on Thursday morning when he came in to teach his Spanish class.
As Cambero drove away, he was stopped by investigators and arrested.
Cambero is charged with possession with intent to deliver, a felony.