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Correctional Officer arrested for bringing drugs into George W. Hill Correctional Facility

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Bramiir Shareif Cannon, 25, is facing felony contraband charges for sneaking K-2, synthetic marijuana, into the George W. Hill Correctional Facility on August 30, 2018.

Bramiir Shareif Cannon, 25, of the 3000 block of Kent Road in Folcroft, is charged with contraband, which is a felony of the second degree. The investigation was conducted by George W. Hill Correctional officers and Detective Edward Kazlo, Sergeant Kenneth Bellis and Detective Edmond Pisani of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID). 

On August 30, 2018, an investigation was launched following a report of contraband at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility. Upon arrival, detectives discovered that Correctional Officer Bramiir Cannon was scheduled to work the second shift but arrived approximately three hours late. When he arrived, Cannon was ordered to report to the office of the shift commander, who noticed Cannon was walking with a limp and had a large bulge in the groin area of his pants. When questioned about what was in his pants, Cannon advised he was tired of being harassed and left the room. The shift commander immediately had the sally port secured and backup correctional officers were called to the scene.  The correctional officers confronted Cannon, who admitted he was in possession of contraband and upon being asked to surrender to a search, Cannon removed three bundles of a green leafy substance and 40 cigarettes. 

In response to the report of contraband, CID Detective Kazlo and Sergeant Bellis interviewed Cannon, who told them that his vehicle was unreliable and often broke down and he needed money to repair it. Cannon admitted that after speaking with an inmate at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility about his money problems, the inmate advised Cannon he would pay Cannon between $200 to $250 if Cannon would bring contraband into the prison for the inmate. Cannon admitted that he intended on delivering the contraband that he has secreted in his pants to the inmate. During the interview with detectives, Cannon advised the green leafy substance was K-2, a synthetic marijuana. A field test confirmed that the green leafy substance recovered from Cannon was synthetic cannabinoids. When asked if he knew bringing the contraband onto the prison grounds was illegal, Cannon admitted that he knew it was wrong but that he needed money to repair his car.

“Just recently, 25 state prisons across the state were placed on lockdown due to visitors smuggling drugs into our state prisons—a very dangerous felony crime that puts the safety of corrections officers, staff, inmates and community members at risk,” said Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “In the case of the defendant, he is held to a higher standard of conduct, and instead of doing his job of ensuring the safety of the prison, Mr. Cannon breached the trust of his colleagues, and put their safety at risk by bringing this substance into his workplace.  I would like to commend the investigators at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility for their swift response and for immediately launching an investigation into this matter. We commend the prison administration for their continued vigilance and daily efforts to ensure the safety of the inmates and our community by preventing drugs and contraband from entering the prison. I would also like to commend CID Detectives Edward Kazlo and Edmond Pisani and Sergeant Kenneth Bellis for their investigative efforts that led to the arrest in this case.” 

Bramiir Shareif Cannon was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Walter A. Strohl who set bail at ________. His preliminary hearing date is scheduled for ________

CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.

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OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
JOSEPH A. RYAN, CHIEF OF DETECTIVES 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: August 31, 2018 
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252