Tags: georgia | correctional | officers | federal | sting

49 Georgia Correctional Officers Charged After Federal Sting

Image: 49 Georgia Correctional Officers Charged After Federal Sting
 

By    |   Friday, 12 Feb 2016 07:47 AM

Forty-nine Georgia correctional officers, current and former, were arrested on federal drug trafficking and bribery charges in an ongoing undercover investigation, said the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta.

Seven federal indictments exposed corruption among full-time and contract correctional officers from several different state prisons and included charges of smuggling contraband and accepting bribe payments in exchange for providing protection for drug deals, according to a statement by prosecutors reported on by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The indictments included charges against five guards who were members of the state's correctional tactical team which was created to root out contraband from prison and control riots.

Numerous others have been charged, said prosecutors. The extensive operation has resulted in charges against approximately 130 prison employees, inmates, and non-incarcerated co-conspirators, including: 

On Jan. 21, more than 50 Georgia Department of Corrections employees, inmates, and non-incarcerated co-conspirators were charged federally with conspiring to commit wire fraud, conspiring to commit money laundering, and accepting bribes to smuggle contraband into prisons. 

On Jan. 13, three inmates and 14 others were charged federally with participating in a wide-ranging drug trafficking conspiracy that operated within several state prisons.Using contraband cellular telephones inside of prison, and employing a network of brokers, distributers, and runners outside of prison, inmates controlled and managed the distribution of illegal narcotics throughout the Atlanta-metropolitan area and the southeast region of the United States.

On Sept. 24, 2015, 12 prison employees, inmates, and others were charged federally in a wide-ranging conspiracy that involved drug trafficking, identity theft, and credit card fraud. 

"It's troubling that so many officers from state correctional institutions across Georgia were willing to sell their badges for personal payoffs from purported drug dealers," said U. S. Attorney John Horn. "They not only betrayed the institutions they were sworn to protect, but they also betrayed the ideals that thousands of honest, hard-working correctional officers uphold every day."

The indicted correctional officers worked at the Phillips, Macon, Dooly, Hancock, Pulaski and Baldwin state prisons, said the Journal-Constitution. One indictment revealed that guards believed they were providing protection for the transportation of methamphetamine and cocaine and were paid thousands of dollars.

FBI special agent-in-charge J. Britt Johnson said the arrests were part of an ongoing investigation that has now exposed corruption problems in 11 of Georgia's 35 state prisons. Johnson said the investigation initially focused on the criminal activities of inmates but also covered illegal activities among the correctional officers.

Related Stories:

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
Forty-nine Georgia correctional officers, current and former, were arrested on federal drug trafficking and bribery charges in an ongoing undercover investigation, said the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta.
georgia, correctional, officers, federal, sting
427
2016-47-12
Friday, 12 Feb 2016 07:47 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved