Genesee County Corrections Deputy arraigned on possession, delivery controlled substance
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:14:15 GMT —
Amy Gatica, a Genesee County Corrections Deputy, has been arraigned on 16 counts related to possession and delivery of a controlled substance at the Genesee County Jail.
Sheriff Robert Pickell alleges Gatica, a 13 year corrections veteran of the Genesee County Jail, brought cocaine into the jail while on duty and provided it to inmates.
Pickell says an investigation began immediately after his office received a tip. Gatica was arrested when she reported for work at the jail on July 4th.
Gatica's Grand Blanc home and car were then searched. Law enforcement found 3 jars with cocaine residue and prescription medicine. Gatica's husband is a deputy with the Genesee County Sheriff's office. Pickell says her husband has been investigated and is clear of any charges.
Pickell believes Gatica has been bringing cocaine into the jail since October 2012. A preliminary investigation finds Gatica knew the inmate she was dealing with, outside of the jail.
Gatica's attorney, Frank Manley, was unavailable for comment Monday morning.
Gatica was booked into the Genesee County Jail and then sent to Lapeer County Jail. She was arraigned Saturday and posted $41,000 bail.
Gatica has been suspended without pay from her job and is expected to be terminated on Thursday.