A federal prisoner was found guilty of running an inmate “taxi service “and smuggling operation with his fiancee. As a result of his new crime, he is bound to spend more time in prison.
U.S. Attorney Byung Pak’s office identified the prisoner as 41-year-old Deldrick Jackson. Jackson worked with his fiancee Kelly Bass, on the outside, to escape from the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta (USP) more than a dozen times between July 2016 to April 2017. Said facility is a medium-security federal prison.
During their operations, officials said Bass would pick up her lover Jackson and other escaped inmates from outside USP and drive them to nearby hotels, restaurants, and other locations. The prisoners would spend hours in those establishments and would be driven back to USP to slip back inside. Jackson upon his return would also have contraband to be sold to other inmates.
The lovers were finally busted on April 13, 2017, after Bass and Jackson drove from the USP to a fast-food-restaurant where police finally caught up with them. They were arrested there. The officers also searched their vehicle and found two cell phones, 83 packs of cigarettes, and eight bottles of whiskey.
Officials estimate that the lovers and partners in crime made a total of 15 trips and profited around $4,000 from escaped inmates who tried to have a “good time” away from their prison cells.
Jackson was originally serving 10 years for 2013 charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and laundering money, will spend an extra year and a half in a federal prison for his new charges of conspiracy to escape.
Bass will be sentenced to serve six months in prison, with an additional eight months of house arrest.