Sheriff Bobby Grubbs talked to the media Wednesday afternoon and released the following press release:
According to Sheriff Bobby Grubbs, on Tuesday, February 5, 2014, criminal investigators with the Brown County Sheriff’ Office conducted an internal investigation involving contraband and prohibited substances getting into the jail. Deputies had become aware that tobacco and other prohibited substances were being smuggled to the jail by Barry Daniell and Shanna Hughitt to a jailer, who delivered the substances to orchestrating inmates Justin Daniell, Kevin Sliger, and Stacy Darnel. After about 2 weeks of investigative work, Brown County Sheriff’s Officers arrested a total of six people who were charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - Prohibited Substances and Items in a Correctional Facility.
The following were arrested:
Justin Daniell, white male, 32 years of age
Kevin Sliger, white male, 34 years of age
Stacy Darniell, white male, 41 years of age
Barry Daniell, white male, 64 years of age
Shanna Hughitt, white female, 33 years of age.
Also charged was Michael Howard, a white male, 32 years of age, a jailer who was a probationary employee of the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies established surveillances, debriefed suspects and inmates, and utilized technology to establish the cases against the six defendants.
Comment from Sheriff Grubbs: “The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of exceptional jailers, officers, and support people. They work hard to serve the public in an honorable way with low pay and often difficult circumstances. When we learned of this activity, our employees worked hard to strengthen the security of the jail and eliminate the problem once it came to our attention. We take seriously our responsibility to investigate criminal activity, regardless of who or where it is. I am especially proud of our jail staff and officers who worked tirelessly to bring this to a successful conclusion.”
CID Detective James Stroope is the lead investigator.