MIAMI, FL — A veteran Miami-Dade correctional officer and his wife were accused Thursday of smuggling McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with cheese, lemon pepper chicken wings and other “contraband” into a captive customer base who couldn’t otherwise make it out to do their own shopping.
The price for “McPrison” delivery, a whopping $500, according to Miami prosecutors. While that may seem quite expensive, considering the nearest McDonald’s is only 2.6 miles away, it’s actually something of a bargain since Gary West Alford’s alleged customers were inmates at the Metro West Detention Center.
Subscribe to Pinecrest Patch’s free newsletter and alerts
Evidently the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which operates Metro West, considers the golden arches to be off limits for its guests. Metro West is located at 13850 NE 41st Sreet in Doral not far from Miami.
“Smuggling contraband into a jail facility can endanger the life of every correctional officer and inmate while adding to the potential criminal activity of individuals already removed from our streets,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in announcing charges against Alford and his wife Shantica Anastacia Alford, who allegedly accepted six electronic payments amounting to $3,550 in June for food runs.
In addition to the food, the Alfords allegedly smuggled a cellphone into the prison for one of two confidential sources or CSs who cooperated in the investigation.
“The CS advised that not only had Alford provided the cellular telephone, but also a screwdriver to allow the CS to carve a hole in a portion of a wall, inside the cell, enabling the CS to hide the cellular telephone. Once completed, Alford regained possession of the screwdriver,” according to court documents.
Alford, a 23-year correctional 0fficer, was charged with seven counts of unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior; six counts of introduction of contraband into a county detention facility and one count of conspiracy.
His wife was charged with six counts of introduction of contraband into a county detention facility and one count of conspiracy.
The charges were the result of a joint investigation by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Internal Affairs Bureau.
“Working as a team, the Alfords allegedly met with an undercover MDPD detective to arrange payment via a ‘burner phone’ and a ‘mobile app’ for the introduction of mobile phones and food into the MW Detention Center,” according to prosecutors. “During the operation, MDPD detectives provided the Alfords with cash payments for their activities.”
Click Here: Geelong Cats Guernsey