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HumCo Correctional Officer busted for heroin

heroinIt’s been a bad week for bad cops in Humboldt County.

A correctional officer with the Humboldt County Sheriffs Department was arrested Friday for bringing contraband, including heroin, into the county jail.  The Times-Standard has the breaking news.

The arrest of Officer Benjamin Jentry-Rakestraw, 20, was the result of a month-long investigation, according to the report.  He was on duty at the time of the arrest and is being held on $20,000 bail.

  1. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    How are you going to blame EPD for this one?

  2. July 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Bad cops are not confined to EPD, obviously.

  3. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    You must be a cop-hater, Heraldo.

  4. July 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    It’s curtains for this kid’s career as a cop. That appears to be a good thing.

  5. Plain Jane
    July 6, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    It’s pretty obvious that all the drugs available in jails and prisons aren’t brought in by visitors. There are probably lots of correctional officers who supplement their already generous compensation packages by selling drugs to prisoners. They do have a captive clientele. :)

  6. July 6, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Even corrections people will tell you that staff bring in the majority of contraband to the state’s prisons. Not sure if that applies to jails, but I’ve heard that said about prisons.

  7. High Finance
    July 6, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    There are probably three hundred cops in this county. There is going to be a bad apple once in awhile.

    What is a 20 year old doing as a cop anyway ?

  8. Emerald Hexagon
    July 6, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Well..he completed high school as required, then he completed two year police academy as required, passed a background check as required, and presto change-o teen age drug dealer becomes Humboldt’s finest!

  9. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I thought nobody ever passed the psych exam to be a CO in Humboldt, because it would take away from the overtime. Interesting who they passed.

  10. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Firstly, he wasn’t a cop, he was a correctional officer. Secondly, two year police academy? No. More like six months academy (if that).

  11. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    So get real Heraldo, why don’t you get all the facts before you decide to slim more people working in law inforcement. You will be the first one to cry for
    their help some day when you need them.

  12. Anatu
    July 6, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Per PC830.1(c), correctional officers in Humboldt County are peace officers. But you’re right about a two year academy. There’s no such thing. Cops on the street don’t even go to a two year academy.

    That said, it’s only a “street cop” that would minimize the work of a correctional officer. Try sitting in a locked room with 65 inmates. One has to have problem solving skills, communication skills, and always be aware that the inmates will play any game they can to manipulate. Not complaining, just explaining.

    This kid got used by some con for sure. But he’s still responsible for his own choices.

  13. Ed
    July 6, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Yeah Heraldo, get a clue, you should look the other way when cops sell heroin.

  14. Anatu
    July 6, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Where did you get that?

  15. eco-doomist
    July 6, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    You can go ahead and slim me anytime, Heraldo. About 25 pounds, I think.

  16. Ed
    July 6, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    sorry Anatu, I’m a slow typist.

  17. Big Al
    July 6, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    too bad, he was the one in the family who had a chance.
    just another Rakestraw now….

  18. Anatu
    July 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    So sad.

  19. emily
    July 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    This is really shocking and sad to hear. I know Benny, he became a cop because he’s a smart kid and has a good heart. It’s a shame to see that he let himself be used. I really hope he can still make something of himself.

  20. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Emily, are you serious? He was smuggling hardcore drugs into the jail and you feel sorry for him? I feel sorry for the correctional facility for this guy making them look bad.

  21. dan
    July 7, 2009 at 1:27 am

    rakestraw is a bitc he was my c o and when i go back i will punk the sh it out that lil dumas pusy like father like son like brother when i was in there he started his first day the same day that his brother was brought in on a warrant whos dum the stupid as and the dumas jail let him work there in the same dorm his brother is housed in how bout that

  22. dan
    July 7, 2009 at 1:29 am

    sounds to me like big bad captain nunamaker sure did fk up in training him ha fat as

  23. Da Man
    July 7, 2009 at 9:07 am


  24. Anonymous
    July 7, 2009 at 10:33 am


  25. longwind
    July 7, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Public education?

  26. Da Man
    July 7, 2009 at 11:58 am

    …or lack thereof.

  27. longwind
    July 7, 2009 at 12:01 pm


  28. j huettl
    July 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    reminds me of a similar case in Madera years ago with a prison guard. Truns out the snitch was his neighbor. His neighbors cousin was in lockdown along with a lot of other family members at the local State Prison. No nexis was made by the DA as to the neighbors reason for snitching. Guard resigned in disgust….inmates 1, guards 0.

    Or here in Palm Springs where some years ago a newspaper deliveryman was gunned down in the middle of his route. Route was in an area that was known for gangs fighting for terf. Local police dusted it off to the public that way. That is the message the Police and DA wanted out.
    REAL MESSAGE; dear PRISON GUARD WIFE of husband shot at work in Palm Springs and all other prison guards at womens facility in Caorona:

    But the Sheriff, Police and DA will just call me a LIAR. So what, if I still remember their conceding to the prisoners enforcement of their power from behind bars? So what if it is a lie. My heart sill goes out to his wife and family for their loss.
    Inmates 1, Guards 0.

    Time for Rose to get a fire going under Paul on this one.

  29. Emerald Hexagon
    July 7, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Assumption on the two year AJ requirement. Six months? ouch. even better magic trick!

    So what exactly did you just say, j juettl? That this is the inmates fault? Are serious? A junkie get his butt locked up because he is a junkie and that is the best plan our enlightened society can come up with to straighten him out. Then a guard at the lock up comes along decides to turn a buck by keeping this junkie strung out while in lock up. And the poor guard was taken advantage of? What exactly is Paul supposed to get on top of here? I hope you mean convicting a drug dealing guard to fullest extent.

    Why are folks so ready through away the key on the junkie and cry for poor drug dealer disguised as a cop. He is not a cop that a made a mistake. He is a drug dealer that got a hold of a cops credentials.

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