Fulton County jail worker on the run after trying to smuggle illegal items, sheriff says


Fulton County deputies are looking for TreQuera Lashell Ford and his vehicle. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

A Fulton County jail paramedic is on the run after sheriff’s deputies say she tried to smuggle illegal drugs and cigarettes into the secure detention center while on her shift.

TreQuera Lashell Ford, 24, is wanted on multiple charges of drugs, obstruction and fleeing or attempting to evade police.

Deputies said Ford admitted to the guard stationed at the security checkpoint that she had smoked marijuana before her shift after recognizing the smell. The guard was about to take her through security check procedures when deputies said she told the guard she had left something in her car, rushing off and leaving her belongings there.

When checked, deputies said they found 192 grams of marijuana in the bag, along with 20 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 200 cigarettes and loose tobacco. The jail is a tobacco-free zone and cigarettes are considered contraband, the sheriff said.

“We have zero tolerance for anyone trying to smuggle contraband into the Fulton County Jail,” Sheriff Patrick “Pat” Labat said. “There is a legal expectation and requirement that individuals, who are contractors providing services to the prison, obey the law and work to maintain the security of the facility and not endanger others. someone violates that trust and the law, we’re forced to file criminal charges.I commend this sharp assistant for her good instincts.

Warrants have been issued for Ford, who was last seen driving a black Nissan Altima with Tennessee license plates.

Anyone who sees Ford is asked to call 911.

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