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Macomb County corrections officer fired, charged after allegedly taking inmate’s narcotics

By: Nick Mordowanec | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published August 30, 2019

 Payton McCallum

Payton McCallum

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Macomb County corrections officer is out of a job and faces misdemeanor charges after he allegedly stole an inmate’s prescription pills.

In an Aug. 30 press release, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office officials stated that on July 20 of this year, Payton McCallum, 27, of Utica, was working as a corrections deputy at the Macomb County Jail. His responsibilities included accepting inmates who were sentenced to serve only on weekends.

That same day, McCallum reportedly received pills from an inmate who said they were prescription. The pills, later confirmed to be narcotics, could not be validated with a proper prescription. McCallum was supposed to either enter the pills in as evidence or dispose of them.

Instead, he allegedly pocketed the pills and never properly secured them with the Sheriff’s Office.

When the narcotics could not be located within property and evidence, an investigation ensued. A command officer reportedly noticed a discrepancy in the report filed by McCallum and what was shown on jail surveillance footage.

When the investigation was completed, the case was turned over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office — which charged McCallum with one count of embezzlement, being an agent or trustee, for an item costing less than $200.

He was arraigned Aug. 30 at the 41-B District Court in Clinton Township. He was given a $2,000 bond and is scheduled to return to court at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Attorney information for McCallum was not available by press time.

McCallum is no longer an employee of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

“We are disheartened by the poor choice of this individual, whose actions do not represent the majority of the hardworking staff within the Macomb County Jail,” Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said in the press release. “We will move forward from this incident and continue to hold our staff accountable for their actions. This behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.”