Prison guard from Miramar arrested on cocaine smuggling charge

A prison guard from Miramar was locked up Wednesday after sheriff’s deputies arrested him for allegedly planning to smuggle a large amount of cocaine and marijuana into the Everglades Correctional Institute.

Shamel Watson, 30, was charged with drug trafficking, conspiracy to introduce drugs into a correctional facility and bribery, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

Authorities began monitoring Watson in May after a tip from a confidential informant. Officers learned more about Watson’s alleged crime after eavesdropping on an inmate’s telephone call in which he allegedly laid out the conspiracy. Continue reading

Dallas County Jail official faces charges of sexually abusing inmate

A Dallas County Jail official sexually assaulted a female inmate at the facility in December, state investigators alleged Thursday.

Kevin Paul Hines, 58, of Perry is charged with felony sex abuse and misconduct with an offender, an aggravated misdemeanor. The sex abuse charge carries a 10-year prison term.

Hines was in the jail late Thursday on a $10,000 bond and was expected to be transferred to Polk County

Hines “did engage in a sex act by force and against the will of … an adult female, who was incarcerated,” a state Division of Criminal Investigation agent wrote in the criminal complaint. The alleged victim was not identified. Information on the charges that landed her in jail was not available. Continue reading