Delano correctional officer charged with smuggling drugs, cell phones to inmates

File photo of Kern Valley State Prison (KBAK/KBFX photo).

UPDATE: The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Tuesday, Sept. 25, that Brittany Sampson resigned from state service effective October 2017.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A correctional officer in Delano has been charged for allegedly bringing in drugs and cell phones to Kern Valley State Prison.

According to court documents, 25-year-old Brittany LaShae Sampson worked for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a correctional officer from February 2015 to October 2017.

Documents state Sampson was allegedly conspiring with inmates, bringing in drugs and cell phones, "receiving bribes from inmates' family members and to be involved in an over-familiar sexual relationship with several inmates."

According to investigators, the alleged crimes happened between July 2016 and October 2017.

Court documents state a confidential informant admitted to investigators that he had a cell phone and had "the ability to obtain cell phones and narcotics from a female correctional officer by the name of Sampson."

The confidential informant claimed Sampson gave methamphetamine to an inmate and had a sexual relationship with an inmate.

The confidential informant told investigators the prisoner "would brag about getting drugs, cell phones and having a relationship with Officer Sampson."

According to court documents, during the investigation there were multiple pictures of Sampson holding bags of unknown substances.

Inmates were interviewed as part of this investigation.

According to documents, prisoners "observed Officer Sampson engaging in sexual acts on the cell phone," and that there were rumors she was "involved with an inmate."

In October 2017, detectives searched Sampson's home and found "numerous items, cellular phones and empty cellular phone boxes."

Court documents state that during an interview, Sampson admitted getting paid to bring cell phones into the prison on more than five occasions. Investigators were able to track an electronic transaction to Sampson for $700.

Court documents reveal that money came from an approved visitor of an inmate who was caught with two cell phones.

In addition, Sampson "admitted to bringing in narcotics on several occasions," and being in communication with several inmates and their family members.

Sampson was charged with three felony counts of smuggling a controlled substance into a prison and one misdemeanor count of bringing in a cell phone.

There are no charges against Sampson that involve the claims that she had sexual relationships with inmates.

Sampson's bail is set at $25,000.

The CDCR has not responded to our request for comment.

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