Ex-nurse arrested for smuggling drugs, goods into Nassau County jail for inmates: DA

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Ex-nurse Chantiel Cox was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of promoting prison contraband and conspiracy. (Nassau County District Attorney)

Ex-nurse Chantiel Cox was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of promoting prison contraband and conspiracy. (Nassau County District Attorney)

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A former jail nurse and two other women were arrested for attempting to smuggle K2, razor blades, and other contraband goods into Nassau County Correctional Facility, Nassau County District Attorney said.

Police launched a six-week investigation after Chantiel Cox, 25, and a former nurse at the jail, was allegedly caught trying to bring in a cellphone and a lighter into the jail on Dec. 23. Cox was an employee of Armor Correctional Health Services.

The former nurse was working with two other women, Sharonda Hall, 24, and Amanda Minnieer, 27, to bring goods in, according to officials. They allegedly talked about smuggling drugs and weapons into the jail.

Hall and Minnieer allegedly bought the goods using money that inmates wired to them. They gave the items to Cox and she smuggled them into the jail to hand out to the Nassau County jail inmates, officials said.

Sharonda Hall and Amanda Minnieer allegedly helped Cox buy the contraband items . (Nassau County District Attorney)

Amanda Minnieer (left) and Sharonda Hall (right) allegedly helped Cox buy the contraband items . (Nassau County District Attorney)

Cox was arrested Tuesday. Hall and Minnieer were arrested two days later. They were charged with promoting prison contraband and conspiracy.

Cox and Minnieer are scheduled to be back in court next Tuesday.

The women can face up to seven years in prison if convicted.