published on February 13, 2017 - 5:06 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Fresno County sheriff’s office announced it has identified two men they suspect tried to smuggle contraband into the Fresno County Jail in a case related to prominent local attorney Tony Capozzi.

The sheriff’s office also said there are no grounds for detectives to request charges to be filed against Capozzi.

The investigation stems back to Oct. 2011, 2016, when Capozzi visited a client inmate inside the jail, according to a news release. Sheriff’s officials say Capozzi entered the jail with a cardboard box containing documents. After meeting with his client in an open visitation room, Capozzi allegedly left the box with the inmate before leaving the jail.

Upon a search by a Fresno County correction officer, a hidden compartment at the bottom of the box was discovered that contained cell phones and over-the-counter medication.

Detectives interviewed the inmate and also contacted Capozzi, who cooperated with detectives.

Based upon the gathered statements and the forensic results of the evidence, detectives could not prove that Capozzi knowingly or intentionally smuggled the items into the jail.

One of the men identified in the case is currently in custody for an unrelated case, and the other man is not in custody. The district attorney will decide if any charges will be filed against the two men, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives are still trying to figure out who else was responsible for assembling the box. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Fresno County Sheriff’s Sergeant Kent Jones at (559) 600-8008 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867.

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