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Corrections officer accused of smuggling drugs into jail

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A local corrections officer will lose her job after accusations surfaced that she smuggled drugs into the jail.

Amy Gatica, 35, is accused of obtaining drugs illegally and smuggling them into the jail.

Gatica is charged with 16 counts related to possession and delivery of a controlled substance at the jail, 14 of which are felonies. She has also been charged with fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs.

The Genesee County Sheirff's Department received a tip that Gatica may have been providing cocaine to inmates.

Deputies questioned her when she arrived at work July 4th. She was arrested the same day and transferred to the Lapeer County Jail.

Investigators found cocaine and marijuana in Gatica's possession. They said she had illegal drugs in her system when she was arrested.

Gatica's bail was listed at $41,000. She posted bail and is currently out of jail.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell held a news conference Monday morning where he revealed more details about the case.

"They're criminals when they do it, and that's the way they will be dealt with," said Pickell. "There's nobody that's a sacred cow around here."

Gatica worked for the Genesee County Sheriff's department for 13 years. Pickell said she will be fired on Thursday.

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