MADISON — A McAlpin man was one of two correctional officers arrested following an investigation into introduction of contraband into the Madison Correctional Institution.
According to court documents, 27-year-old Tyler Steven Brown, of McAlpin, Brett Handley and other Intelligence Unit Command Staff at the prison confiscated cellular phones smuggled into the prison and conspired to conceal them from the Office of Inspector General.
The court documents also state that Brown, who was assigned to the Department of Corrections — Office of Intelligence as a K9 handler on Jan. 1, identified himself as an agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement while conducting a search of a vehicle in which contraband was discovered.
According to the documents, the suspect allegedly said DOC “separated us from IG but we’re IG with FDLE,” adding “they took away our ability to detain people when they took us out of the IG.”
The documents state the suspect identified himself as an FDLE agent on at least three occasions.
During the search of the vehicle, the suspect located three cell phones and searched through one of the phones illegally, which was captured on the body cam of a Madison County Sheriff’s Office deputy.
The suspect asked the owner of the phone at one point about wha inmate was texting the phone, according to the documents.
Following the search, the suspect retrieved homemade weapons, shanks, from his state-issued vehicle to show to the deputies that he had called prior to the search. He then gave each of the deputies a shank, which violated state statute and departmental procedure, according to the documents.
The documents state that the suspect was heard numerous times on the body cam footage relaying his findings to his supervisor, which he called “Major,” which was Handley.
During the investigation by the OIG, it was determined that the suspect accessed the phone’s photos, internet history and attempted to access its Verizon account.
Brown was arrested July 25 and charged with official misconduct, falsely assuming or pretending to be a representative of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, two counts of tampering with evidence, removal of contraband from a correctional facility and conspiracy to conceal the contraband.
He has since been released on a $30,000 bond.
Further court documents state that Handley told his supervisor of Brown’s findings as part of an ongoing smuggling operation that had occurred at MCI for months.
The documents state Handley ordered Brown to transport the phones to a forensic cell phone lab operated by the DOC Office of Intelligence in Tallahassee.
Handley was charged with official misconduct, conspiracy to tamper with evidence and unlawful use of a two-way communications device.