Woman Gets Probation In Jackson County Jail Smuggling Scheme

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 37-year-old Kansas City woman who helped smuggle contraband into the Jackson County jail will serve four months of home confinement as part of her probation.

Janikkia Lashay Carter was sentenced Tuesday in Kansas City for participating in a conspiracy to smuggle cellphones and other prohibited items into the jail.

Federal prosecutors didn’t oppose probation because Carter suffers serious health problems, which require her to use a wheelchair. But they argued she should get probation only if it included home confinement as a condition.

Prosecutors say a jail inmate, Carlos Laron Hughley, led the smuggling conspiracy, which also involved a female guard at the jail.

Hughley was sentenced to more than six years in prison. The guard also received probation.