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NSO Corporal Intercepts Narcotics During Routine Mail Screening

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Media Contact: Deanna LeBlanc
 April 16, 2021
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Sheriff Joe Baron credits the keen eye and quick thinking of a corporal working the Norfolk City Jail mailroom with stopping drugs from entering the facility.

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, a Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Corporal screening incoming mail intercepted a package containing Suboxone intended for an inmate in the jail. Due to corporal’s quick thinking, the narcotic never entered the facility and was immediately reported to our Security Threat Unit. The responding deputies were able to determine who sent the package to the facility and on Thursday, April 15, 2021, Norfolk Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Ashley Pinkett, 24, a.k.a. “Ashley Gaye” of the 9500 block of Granby Street in Norfolk, VA. Ms. Pinkett has been charged with one count of Conspiracy to Deliver Drugs to Prisoners or Committed Persons (State Code §18.2-474.1) and two counts of Attempted Delivery of Drugs to Prisoners or Committed Persons (State Code §18.2-474.1). A booking photo of Ms. Pinkett is attached.

Additionally, the inmate, Jermaine Gaye, has been charged with one count of Conspiracy Delivery of Drugs to Prisoners or Committed Persons (State Code § 18.2-474.1). A booking photo of Mr. Gaye is also attached.

Suboxone is a schedule III narcotic and is used to treat opiate addiction. The narcotic can help with side effects for those who have an opiate addiction or can be used to obtain a “high” for those who have never used opiates.

“Every day our deputies are committed to life, health, safety, and security. Our mailroom is one of our first lines of defense in protecting both our inmates and our staff. Paying attention to any discrepancies among mail packages is of the utmost importance. I am proud of my staff for their swift and thorough investigation,” Sheriff Joe Baron said.

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The Norfolk Sheriff's Office is a values driven organization
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public safety, public service, and public trust.

 

 

FRAUD ALERT: Beware of COVID-19 Vaccination Fraud Attempts

fraud badgeThe Virginia Department of Health has been made aware of scam phone calls and emails attempting to convince the recipient to reveal sensitive information (such as your bank account information or SSN) or demanding some sort of payment in order to receive a vaccine.

Other scams may be designed to compel the recipient to open a malicious link or attachment in an email or text message allowing the fraudster to potentially access the recipient's private information on their smartphone or computer system.

Clever phishing emails and texts will look legitimate and will likely impersonate well-known and trusted entities. Never open any link or attachment from a source that you cannot clearly identify as being legitimate.

Warning signs:

  • Legitimate vaccine appointment invitation emails from will be sent from an official address similar to that which is already in use in Virginia Beach This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention through VAMS (Vaccine Administrative Management System) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If there is any question about the origin do not respond. 
  • You should never be asked to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine or for early access to it. Vaccines are free to all Norfolk residents.
  • The Health Department will never ask for your Social Security number, driver's license number, credit card number or bank information to receive a vaccine.
  • If you are attempting to schedule an appointment through a pharmacy or other private entity, you may be asked to provide health insurance information, but insurance is NOT required to receive the vaccine and it will not be charged. Only provide such information in person at the site. NOT over the phone to ANYONE.
  • Scammers may pose as legitimate businesses or organizations related to the distribution of the vaccine, including the Health Department, in an effort to steal your personal or financial information.

Tips:

  • Before clicking on any links, ensure that any email you receive related to the vaccine is coming from a legitimate source before clicking links or opening attachments. You may also hover your mouse over links to see where they lead to ensure the URL is legitimate.
  • Be suspicious of anything that conveys a sense of urgency to click a link or provide information.
  • NEVER give out your personal information, including banking information, passwords, Social Security number, etc., over the phone or via email.

Questions about vetting may be directed to the Staff Attorney and OIC of the Consumer Protection Unit, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Do not hesitate to verify before responding.

“Check or ‘X’”: Norfolk Sheriff’s Office acquires new tool to reduce spread of COVID-19

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Media Contact: Deanna LeBlanc
 February 4, 2021
(757) 589-5692
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The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office announces a new tool in the fight against COVID-19: thermal imaging cameras.

This new hands-free system utilizes FDA approved technology to instantly scan every person entering the Norfolk City Jail or Consolidated Court Building for a common COVID-19 symptom: an elevated temperature.

This technology is the next step in Sheriff Joe Baron’s comprehensive COVID-19 mitigation plan, which was first implemented in the spring of 2020. That plan included mandatory temperature checks of every deputy, civilian, or contractor entering the Norfolk City Jail and any citizen or attorney wishing to do business with the courts.

Nearly one year later, this new system replaces the hand-held temporal scanners and takes that responsibility off the shoulders of security staff. “By utilizing this accurate automated system, we ensure our security screeners and deputies can give 100 percent of their focus to monitoring the people and their property for possible security threats,” Sheriff Joe Baron said.

As each person passes by the camera, a live video feed on a nearby monitor presents with a green check mark if they do not have a fever, or a red ‘x’ and an alarm should their temperature be above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

“Every day at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office we are committed to public safety and public trust. Now public health has also become a top priority. While we know not everyone who has COVID-19 has a fever, we do know that a fever is a common symptom. With this new system, we are able to say with great confidence that absolutely no one with an elevated temperature will be able to enter our buildings. This also eases the concern of long lines to enter the court building and keeps focus on our important security protocols.”

The systems were purchased using CARES Act grant funding, with no burden on Norfolk taxpayers.

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The Norfolk Sheriff's Office is a values driven organization
committed to 
public safety, public service, and public trust.

 

 



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