A Fulton County deputy was detained last week in relation to a scheme to assist a defendant in the YSL RICO case smuggle drugs into and out of jail. Akeiba Stanley was accused of being careless, breaking his oath of office, conspiring to commit a crime, and impeding the capture or punishment of a criminal. An examination into her interactions with Christian Eppinger, one of the nine defendants still in the voluminous RICO case, led to the charges.
Reportedly, the pair communicated via Instagram and an illegal cell phone. Furthermore, Stanley had allegedly agreed to help Eppinger with a smuggling operation and is also accused of smuggling contraband from a relative of Eppinger. Additionally, Stanley reportedly made unauthorized visits to Eppinger’s cell. However, new details have painted a deeper picture of the bizarre case.
Stanley And Eppinger Reportedly Engaged In A Romantic Relationship
ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 16: The Lewis R. Slaton Courthouse is seen on February 16, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Stanley’s warrant paints a much clearer picture of why she was helping Eppinger. Prior to Stanley’s arrest, the laptop of Eppinger’s lawyer was seen and evidence was found that indicated that Eppinger had been using it to illegally communicate with a number of individuals. Deputies deduced that list of contacts included someone in the department. Furthermore, the warrant includes the testimony of an internal investigator who saw Eppinger write a message, smile, and look over at Stanley. A few moments later, Stanley wrote a message on her Apple watch before smiling back at Eppinger.
Additionally, the warrant accuses Stanley of failing to help detain Eppinger after an altercation between him and another deputy. Furthermore, Stanley reportedly began to rub Eppinger’s back after the altercation, saying “look at me, baby.” Stanley had been a Fulton County deputy since October 2022. Previously, she had worked for the Atlanta PD before being fired in July 2018. In the elapsed time, Stanley was placed on a 12-month probation in 2020. This came as a result of a number of complaints made against her during her time in the APD. A hearing to discuss the matter has been scheduled for June 21. Stanley is currently being held on a $1 million bond. Meanwhile, Eppinger faces 15 charges relating to the RICO case, as well as his conduct while detained.