Oak Park man busted trying to smuggle drugs into Cook County Jail

Timothy Fuller, 42, worked as a correctional officer

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

An Oak Park man who worked at Cook County Jail was arrested by the Cook County Sheriff's Police last week and charged with trying to smuggle drugs to inmates.

Timothy Fuller, 42, of Oak Park, was charged on Oct. 4 with four felonies, including possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and two charges for attempting to deliver them.

Fuller, a 15-year employee at the jail, was arrested after an investigation by the sheriff's internal investigations unit.

That office received information Fuller was involved in "suspicious activity at the jail involving inmates under his watch," according to a press release from the sheriff's department.

An investigation revealed that Fuller allegedly agreed to smuggle marijuana into the jail for an inmate, if the inmate paid him $400, the sheriff's department said. Fuller then allegedly called a number provided by the inmate and set up a meeting — with an undercover sheriff's police officer — to exchange the drugs for cash.

On Monday after his shift ended at 3 p.m., Fuller allegedly entered the passenger side of the undercover officer's car and gave her cash for a grocery bag filled with 15.9 grams of marijuana and a handful of $20 bills, according to the sheriff's department.

The transaction was entirely caught on video, and after the exchange, sheriff's officers swarmed the car and arrested Fuller.

At a hearing Thursday morning, Fuller's bond was set at $40,000, according to sheriff's spokesman Steve Patterson.

Fuller has been suspended with pay, but Patterson said the sheriff's department has requested that he be fired.

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ramon from oakpark   

Posted: October 12th, 2010 10:01 PM

this is my public opinon from an immates point of viwe this is how i see this man this should give ur site a boost u can take this the right way or the rong or u can comment back ben we can make internet debate ?

ramon from oakpark   

Posted: October 12th, 2010 9:47 PM

i kno fuller i kno he is a good guy and i kno he would not go that low 400 hundred dollars but it wasnt the money he wasnt doing it for lol he was building a realation ship with the inmates it hard to try not to act human but he is and i kno they payd him to act not human to not sho feeling but they had this man working in the baber shop if u went in there u see how things worked lol every one had a bond and so did fuller i cant explained it u already kno what u did was rong when u went to jail

Ben Meyerson from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: October 8th, 2010 4:55 PM

Surprised and Pat:The sheriff's department has to go through a formal termination process to fire him. It's part of the union contract; they can't just cut him immediately.The department has requested that he be fired, though, and that process should move rather quickly, from what I understand %u2014 it just hasn't happened yet.

Suprised  

Posted: October 8th, 2010 4:19 PM

What they are still paying him on suspention. and they did not fire him what is that??

pat ryan from chicago  

Posted: October 8th, 2010 2:15 PM

what do you mean they haven't fired him yet????

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