NBC 6 South Florida: Drug Smuggling Plot to Miami-Dade Detention Center Leads to Arrest of Medical Worker

A Miami-Dade County health care worker, Junelle Bell, was arrested on Sunday morning after an investigation found that she planned to smuggle contraband – including marijuana – into a detention center. Bell has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, conspiring to introduce contraband, and bringing contraband into a correctional facility.

The Miami-Dade Department of Corrections had received information from the Miami-Dade Police Department that Correctional Health Service personnel – who provide medical care to inmates – were attempting to bring drugs into the facility. Surgery was conducted at the MetroWest Detention Center late on Saturday night, during which Bell was found to be in possession of “substantial amounts” of drugs. These included marijuana and oxycodone.

Miami-Dade Prison Warden James Reyes emphasized the importance of self-discipline and accountability in ensuring the safety of staff, inmates and communities. He stated that the department will continue to utilize all necessary resources and partnerships with other Miami-Dade County public safety officials to ensure safe and secure prison operations.

Bell made a statement at her bail hearing, and it was confirmed that she will remain in custody until further notice. Her employment status has not been disclosed by authorities at this time.

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