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Broward Jail Deputy Charged With Official Misconduct, Smuggling Contraband

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BSO arrested and charged Wonza Moore. (Source: BSO)

BSO arrested and charged Wonza Moore. (Source: BSO)

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4)-A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Friday on charges she smuggled contraband into the county jail system for an attempted-murder suspect, according to agency officials.

Wonza Moore, 48, is the fifth deputy charged in the Sheriff’s Office internal investigation of contraband and inappropriate relationships between deputies and inmates at Broward’s jails. Moore is a 14-year veteran.

The investigation began last summer.

Moore was charged with four counts of introducing contraband into a jail facility, one count of official misconduct and one count of using a cell phone to facilitate a felony. Bond was set at $300,000.

Inmate Rasuul Mustafa, 36, with whom officials say Moore had a personal relationship, also was charged in the case. He has been jailed without bail since October 2009 on an attempted-murder charge out of Hollywood.

Since December, three other inmates and a nurse working for an outside contractor have been charged in the ongoing inquiry, with officials saying they plan to make additional arrests.

Moore’s employment status with the agency was not available.

The deputies previously charged in the investigation have resigned from the Sheriff’s Office. They are: Kiara Walker, 22; Roderick Lopez, 30; Keith McPhee, 37, and Salisia Pasco, 30, who investigators said admitted to having sex with an inmate in a jail storage room.

The smuggled contraband uncovered in the investigation allegedly included food, lighters and cell phones, according to court records.

In addition to the arrests, the investigation prompted the Sheriff’s Office to enact new policies for the jails in January. Among the changes: Tere will be random searches of employees’ bags, and employees cannot bring cell phones into the jails unless the phones are needed for their jobs.

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