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A Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department correctional officer is being held on $15,000 cash bond after being arrested for allegedly delivering drugs to an inmate on several instances.

Devine Jackson, 24, is charged with four felonies — possession with intent to deliver cocaine (less than 1 gram) on or near a jail, manufacture/ deliver cocaine (less than 1 gram) on or near a jail, deliver illegal articles to an inmate and misconduct in public office — for what Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Loren Keating described as “a scheme” involving drugs and “considerable amounts of money” in court Friday morning.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, the sheriff’s department learned of the drug smuggling in the Kenosha County Jail after receiving a tip on Tuesday, informing administration that Jackson had been “smuggling cocaine inside toothpaste tubes and passing it off” to inmate Feeonquay Jenkins — who is currently in custody awaiting a second trial on charges of child enticement-sexual contact, first-degree child sexual assault-intercourse with person under the age of 16 with the use or threat of force or violence, 10 counts of felony bail jumping, and two counts of obstructing an officer.

The person also told KSD officials that Jenkins’ girlfriend would then deposit money into Jackson’s bank account after each transaction — with between three to six transactions taking place this year between Feb. 1 and March 31.

When confronted on Wednesday with the claims by KSD officials, who were assisted by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Dept., Jackson admitted to smuggling drugs into the jail to Jenkins, the complaint states, and that she would, in fact, put the drugs into toothpaste tubes and “give it to Jenkins when he asked for it.” On at least one occasion, she admitted to also handing drugs over to him while also handing him a bar of jail soap, the complaint states.

Jackson stated that she would be paid $500 to $1,000 each time she brought drugs to the jail either by a woman only described as “Elaine” from Florida, who would send the money through moneygrams to Walmart, or by Jenkins — who, the complaint states had more than $10,000 in his commissary account that “many different individuals deposit money into” and that Jenkins issues checks to “many different people” from.

Though he’s currently incarcerated, Jackson stated that it was Jenkins who would set up the meetings to get the drugs from dealers, whom she would then meet at a location she was given by Jenkins, according to the complaint.

While Jackson states that “money was the main motivator for her in the beginning” — being paid a total of approximately $3,000 by Jenkins directly and approximately $4,000 to $5,000 from “Elaine” during her time allegedly delivering drugs to Jenkins — over time, when she wanted to stop, she began to feel intimidated by Jenkins and other inmates, with inmates saying things “to let her know that Jenkins knew her child’s name and where she lived.”

Jackson, however, stated that she had stopped bringing in any drugs to Jenkins and had not had any contact with him or “Elaine” for approximately two to three weeks before her arrest this week.

In court Friday, Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Krejcarek asked Keating to order a $25,000 cash bond for Jackson, stating that the charges were “incredibly serious, even more so because she works at the County Jail.”

However, Jackson’s attorney, Ben Schwarz, stated that Jackson had no prior criminal record and was not a flight risk, as her family lives in the area.

Keating disagreed, stating that “the basis here, violation of public trust, is great.”

“Any time someone violates the public trust,” it’s a very, very serious thing, Keating said, adding that he finds Jackson to be a flight risk and that there is probable cause in the case.

He imposed a $15,000 cash bond and ordered Jackson to have no contact with Jenkins. If she posts bond, she will have one hour to vacate the Kenosha County Jail premises, after which she is to have no contact with the jail property.

Jackson will next appear in court for a preliminary hearing on April 18.