Cook County Jail guard allegedly smuggled weed in 'Jim Shoe' sandwiches

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Cook County Corrections Officer Jason Marek is accused of smuggling sandwiches stuffed with marijuana into Cook County Jail.

Marek went by the street name "Murda," the feds said. The 29-year-old allegedly teamed up with three inmates to bring in the "Jim Shoe" sandwiches, which were stuffed with baggies of marijuana instead of corned beef, Italian beef and gyro meat.

Marek was arrested on Tuesday. In court, prosecutors said he was stopped carrying two sandwiches that held nearly three ounces of marijuana in June 2013. He took $200 in a bribe to make the delivery, according to the complaint.

Marek would pass the sandwiches - and marijuana - on to inmates Lavangelist Powell, who is awaiting trial for solicitation of murder, Thadieus Good, and Price Johnson, according to the affidavit. Good's wife, Pearlisa "Wang Wang" Stevenson allegedly made the sandwiches and gave them to Marek.

An ounce of pot sells for about $1,000 inside jail, according to feds.

According to prosecutors, the inmates wanted Marek to smuggle in more contraband and threatened the jail guard. Johnsons' girlfriend, Stephanie Lewis, 40, traced Marek's license plates at her place of work, Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications, prosecutors said.

Lewis was arrested Monday night and charged with one count of illegally accessing a law enforcement computer to assist the alleged extortion and drug distribution conspiracy.
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