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Pinellas County Jail worker accused of smuggling marijuana into facility

LARGO — A Pinellas County Jail worker was arrested Thursday, accused of smuggling marijuana into the facility for an inmate to sell.

Brian McClymont, 24, a criminal justice specialist who has worked for the Sheriff's Office for two years, was arrested on charges of introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, two counts of misuse of public office and possession of a controlled substance.

Narcotics detectives got a tip in early June about McClymont, sheriff's officials said.

They discovered that inmate Henry Holliness, 37, was calling McClymont on his personal cell phone. They two men also had contact at the jail, according to the Sheriff's Office.

On May 25, investigators say McClymont arranged to meet a third person outside the jail to pick up a package to deliver to Holliness. The package contained tobacco, marijuana, lighters and rolling papers. Officials did not say whether they knew the identity of the person who delivered the package to McClymont.

McClymont was paid $400 to pick up the package and another $200 for delivering it to Holliness, who began selling the items at the jail, sheriff's officials said.

Court records show Holliness was arrested by sheriff's deputies in 2007 on charges of home invasion robbery, kidnapping and two counts of violating his probation on kidnapping, armed robbery and burglary charges from Okaloosa County. State Department of Corrections records show he was incarcerated from 1996 to 2004.

He also was arrested on new charges of introduction of contraband and bribery. He remains at the Pinellas County Jail.

McClymont worked in a control booth inside the jail and made $24,843 a year.

"His functions essentially are to monitor movement on and off the wing, like opening and closing gates, and also maintaining an inmate count," said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

His personnel file does not contain any internal affairs' investigations, but does include a note of counseling from earlier this year for abusing sick leave, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The investigation is ongoing and Barreda declined to comment on whether the incident in May was the only time McClymont delivered drugs or other contraband to Holliness.

McClymont was arrested Thursday when he came to work about 8:30 a.m. He resigned immediately, sheriff's officials said. He remained in jail Thursday night in lieu of a $17,000 bail.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Pinellas County Jail worker accused of smuggling marijuana into facility 06/18/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 18, 2009 9:18pm]
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