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Guard accused of trying to smuggle bullet, pills into Cook County Jail

Updated: September 15, 2013 6:22AM



A Cook County Sheriff’s correctional officer was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bail Tuesday for allegedly trying to bring a 9mm bullet and dozens of pills into Cook County Jail over the weekend.

Candice M. Grube previously had been suspected of sneaking contraband into the jail and was under investigation when she was arrested at the facility’s security gate Sunday, Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto told Judge James Brown.

Grube allegedly had the ammunition in her pants pockets and 450 pharmaceutical pills in a backpack.

Grube, who appeared in court in a white T-shirt and what appeared to be her navy blue sheriff’s uniform pants, was charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution and official misconduct.

The 45-year-old married mother of two has been a sheriff’s deputy for seven years, according to an assistant public defender.

Grube, of the 5400 block of South Linder, is also a grandmother of a 2-year-old, whom she helps takes care of, the assistant public defender added, urging the judge to release Grube on her own recognizance.

“Absolutely not,” Brown said before setting bail.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said if Grube posts bond, she will be suspended with pay pending an administrative hearing. Grube has been “de-deputized” and must turn in her weapons, Ansari said.

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