WASHINGTON – A District of Columbia man pleaded guilty today to bribing a public official to smuggle drugs into the D.C. jail. Keywaune McLeod, 28, of Washington D.C., pleaded guilty in United States District Court to one count of bribery. The plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves for the District of Columbia and Special Agent in Charge Wayne A. Jacobs of the FBI Washington Field Office. U.S. District Court Judge Dabney L. Friedrich scheduled a sentencing hearing for June 12, 2023.
According to court documents, as part of his plea, McLeod admitted that, in June of 2022, McLeod was contacted via jail telephone by an inmate being housed at D.C. Jail. Specifically, McLeod was recruited by the inmate to act as a conduit outside of D.C. jail to package narcotics and manage payments from the sale of those narcotics from inside the jail. As a part of this conspiracy, McLeod would package and provide drugs to a public official, a Correctional Officer working at the jail, who would smuggle them into the facility by concealing them on her body. Once inside the D.C. Jail, the Correctional Officer would transfer the drugs to the inmate who would then distribute the drugs for a profit. McLeod would accept and manage the proceeds from such distribution using CashApp and make bribe payments to the Correctional Officer for the drug smuggling.
Previously, in September and October 2022, McLeod was charged as part of a three-co-defendant complaint, later followed by an indictment. Specifically, D.C. Jail Correctional Officer Beverly Williams, 52, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Andre Gregory, 31, an incarcerated inmate at the D.C. Jail’s CDF awaiting trial, along with McLeod, were charged with conspiracy, bribery, and smuggling. All charges as to Williams and Gregory remain pending. A complaint and an indictment are merely allegations, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The bribery charge to which McLeod pleaded guilty carries a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, as well as potential financial penalties. The federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
The FBI Washington Field Office is investigating the case.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gauri Gopal and Ahmed Baset with assistance from Paralegal Specialist Lisa Abbe, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia’s Fraud, Public Corruption, and Civil Rights Section.
originally published at HUMAN RIGHTS - USA DAILY NEWS 24