Former Cuyahoga County Jail Guard Sentenced to Two and Half Years in Prison for Dealing Heroin, Cocaine, Ecstasy


Update: Brian Salters pleaded guilty to a host of offenses last week including drug trafficking, possession, and carrying a concealed weapon. The former Cuyahoga County jail guard was arrested back in April after officers with the Cleveland vice squad witnessed Salters, who'd been with the jail since 2013, making hand-to-hand drug sales. He also had marijuana, heroin, cocaine and ecstasy in his possession at the time of the arrest.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge Nancy McDonnell sentenced Salters to two and a half years in prison, to be served at the Lorain Correctional Institution. He'll also fork over a $5,000 fine.


(Original story 4/24/17): Brian Salters, who's been a corrections officer at the Cuyahoga County jail since 2013, was arrested earlier this month by Cleveland police officers with the fifth district vice squad.

Arrest records show that Salters was caught with marijuana, heroin, coke and ecstasy, and that officers witnessed Salters doing hand-to-hand exchanges.

He's on unpaid leave from the county after charges were brought for drug trafficking. He was briefly in custody at the very jail where he worked but has posted bond.

Salters is the second Cuyahoga County jail officer caught up in drug investigations this year. Previously, Kamara Austin was arrested for allegedly smuggling heroin into the facility for an inmate.

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